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OIC to hold emergency talks on Libya

world Updated: Mar 16, 2011 20:31 IST

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The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said on Wednesday its members will hold an urgent ministerial meeting on Saturday to "discuss developments" in Libya.

In a statement from its base in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, the OIC said the "urgent meeting" there on Saturday would discuss developments in Libya and "take appropriate resolutions regarding the situation."

An OIC spokesman told AFP foreign ministers of the seven-member executive committee of the world's largest pan-Islamic Muslim body -- Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria, and Tajikistan -- will attend.

On March 8, the OIC called on the United Nations to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya but rejected any intervention on the ground, where veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi's forces are battling rebels for control of key towns across the north African state.

Britain, France and Lebanon -- on behalf of the Arab League -- on Tuesday presented a resolution on a no-fly zone and other measures at the UN Security Council, but it faces stiff opposition led by China and Russia.