Libya asks U.N. to probe NATO "abuses"

RABAT Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:12pm EDT

EDITOR'S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON A GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR. A building Libyan officials described as a civil engineering office lies flattened after being bombed overnight by NATO in Tripoli, August 20, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

EDITOR'S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON A GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR. A building Libyan officials described as a civil engineering office lies flattened after being bombed overnight by NATO in Tripoli, August 20, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

RABAT (Reuters) - Libya has asked United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to form a "high-level commission" to investigate alleged abuses by NATO, state news agency JANA reported Saturday.

NATO warplanes have been hitting the Libyan government's military infrastructure, backing up rebels who have launched a six-month uprising against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi spoke to Ban by telephone Saturday and Ban promised to study the proposal, the agency said.

Mahmoudi asked for "a high-level delegation ... to visit Libya as soon as possible and look closely at (NATO) abuses and what is happening in Libya and discuss a solution between Libyans themselves without foreign interference," JANA reported.

Mahmoudi asked Ban and African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping to join the commission, the agency added.

(Reporting by Souhail Karam; writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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