Mar 20 - As western forces pounded Libya's air defenses and patrolled its skies on Sunday, their day-old intervention hit a serious diplomatic setback as Arab League chief Amr Moussa condemned the ''bombardment of civilians”. Jon Decker reports.
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As western forces pounded Libya's air defenses and patrolled its skies on Sunday, their day-old intervention hit a serious diplomatic setback.
Speaking in Cairo, Arab League chief Amr Moussa condemned what he called the "bombardment of civilians" and called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation in Libya.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, AMR MOUSSA, SAYING:
"Sovereignty is not invading or occupying a country or affecting its sovereignty but working on protecting its civilians. Protecting civilians does not need military operations. Protecting civilians needs suitable action such as a no-fly zone. This is what we asked for from the very beginning to avoid any additional developments."
Arab backing for a no-fly zone provided crucial underpinning for the passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution last week. Withdrawal of Arab support would make it much harder to pursue an open-ended campaign against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Jon Decker, Reuters.
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