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EU's Ashton discusses Libya no-fly zone

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 01:37

Mar 14 - The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets with the Arab League to discuss Egypt's future government and a Libyan no-fly zone. Jessica Gray reports.

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EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton meets with Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa in Cairo. They discussed Egypt's future government as well as the Arab's League's proposal for a no-fly zone over Libya. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON "The European council said very clearly that we are doing planning for all options, but we are looking to the legal basis for action which is the security council, and we are looking to the Arab League statement for Saturday which has now happened, which we were able to discuss." On Saturday the Arab League called on the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone in Libya to help quell the civil strife engulfing the nation. Rebels say it will ground pro-government warplanes and prevent troop movement by helicopter. The EU is scrambling to re-evaluate its policies in response to the unrest that brought down authoritarian governments in Tunisia and Egypt that had ties to Europe and the U.S. While it supports democracy in the region, EU members have expressed concern over rising numbers of illegal immigrants fleeing to Europe and the possible rise of Islamic radicalization in the region. But analysts have warned that by the time world powers agree on a response to the conflict in Libya, Gaddafi's forces may already have won. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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EU's Ashton discusses Libya no-fly zone

Monday, March 14, 2011 - 01:37