No G8 agreement on Libya military intervention: France

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Group of Eight powers are divided over military intervention in Libya, France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday, as the countries met to discuss proposals for a no-fly zone there.

"For the moment I have not convinced them," Juppe said on Europe 1 radio, referring to his talks with fellow G8 foreign ministers which began on Monday night.

France is pushing for a no-fly zone that would ground Libyan aircraft to protect its people from assault by forces loyal to ruler Moamer Kadhafi, and has even raised the prospect of targeted air strikes.

The United States, Russia and European Union countries had reacted cautiously to the no-fly zone proposal ahead of the Paris gathering.

© 2011 AFP

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