The United States has accused Muammar Gaddafi of defying international demands for an immediate ceasefire, and France’s UN envoy predicted military action within hours of an international meeting on Libya on Saturday.
Libya’s government announced on Friday an immediate ceasefire against pro-democracy protesters, hours after the United Nations Security Council authorised a no-fly zone over the country.
The unilateral ceasefire declaration, however, appeared to have done little to convince outside powers to hold off on plans for air strikes to force an end to an increasingly bloody civil war.
Residents in the rebel-held city of Misurata said they faced heavy bombardment through the night on Friday — a charge the government denied — while a US official said Gaddafi’s forces were still advancing towards the rebels’ eastern stronghold Benghazi.
Within hours of Barack Obama, the US president, saying the terms of a UN resolution meant to end fighting in Libya were non-negotiable, his UN envoy, Susan Rice, asked by CNN whether Gaddafi was in violation of these terms said; “Yes, he is”.(Read more)
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