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AU panel opposed to military intervention in Libya

world Updated: Mar 20, 2011 08:34 IST

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A high-level African Union panel on the Libyan crisis has rejected "any kind of foreign military intervention" in the north African country, Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz said.

The situation in Libya "demands urgent action so an African solution (can be found) to the very serious crisis which this sister nation is going through", said Abdel Aziz.

A solution must take into account "our desire that Libya's unity and territorial integrity be respected as well as the rejection of any kind of foreign military intervention."

Mauritania's leader acknowledged however that the AU panel was faced with new developments in the Libyan crisis after Thursday's UN Security Council vote authorising the use of force against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, and a Paris summit yesterday which announced the start of military operations against Gaddafi's forces.