France sticking to UN Libya resolution: ministry

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France is "fully" applying a UN resolution on Libya and staying strictly within its terms, the defence ministry said Sunday after Arab League criticism of military operations there.

"France is fully and uniquely applying resolution 1973," said ministry spokesman Laurent Teissere.

"We are clearly within the framework of the resolution," he added. "I believe that our partners have said as much. I have nothing else to add."

The Arab League earlier criticised the Western military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich north African state.

"What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians," Arab League chief Amr Mussa told reporters in Cairo.

© 2011 AFP

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