G8 drops Libya no-fly zone plan

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Group of Eight powers dropped French-led proposals for a no-fly zone to end bombardment in Libya, making no mention of it in a closing statement read out by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe Tuesday.

The statement welcomed measures under way at the United Nations Security Council "as a matter of urgency" to protect Libyans from the fighting between forces loyal to ruler Moamer Kadhafi and rebels.

His statement made no reference however to French and British proposals for a no-fly zone, which had been met with caution by the United States, Russia and the European Union.

"Ministers called on Moamer Khadhafi to respect the legitimate claim of the Libyan people to fundamental rights, freedom of expression and a representative form of government," Juppe said.

© 2011 AFP

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