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Arab League and China express regret as Moscow suggests US-led coalition is going beyond its mandate

21 Mar

The Guardian

Ewen MacAskillIan Black and Nick Hopkins

Sunday 20 March 2011 21.18 GMT

 

Arab support for the US-led war in Libya showed signs of fraying today in reaction to the sheer destructive power of the initial attack, claims of civilian deaths and a warning by Muammar Gaddafi to prepare for “a long war”.

The secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, appeared to wobble just over a week after his organisation, which represents 23 Arab states, voted in favour of a no-fly zone. Pictures of charred bodies led to not only the Arab League but also Russia and China expressing regret over the violence. Moscow claimed the US-led coalition was going beyond its UN mandate to protect civilians and called for an end to the “indiscriminate use of force”

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