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Updated: June 22, 2011 15:15 IST

Italy urges suspension of Libyan hostilities

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Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. File photo: AP.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. File photo: AP.

Franco Frattini said on Wednesday that "the humanitarian end of military operations is essential to allow for immediate aid," including in areas around Misrata and Tripoli, the Libyan capital and stronghold of Muammar Qadhafi

The Italian foreign minister is calling for the “immediate suspension” of hostilities in Libya to allow for the creation of humanitarian corridors.

Franco Frattini said on Wednesday that “the humanitarian end of military operations is essential to allow for immediate aid,” including in areas around Misrata and Tripoli, the Libyan capital and stronghold of Muammar Qadhafi.

The comments to a parliamentary commission were carried by Italian news agencies. He did not elaborate and there was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry.

Violence in Libya has spiralled into civil war. A NATO—led bombing campaign that began in March was aimed at protecting civilians under a U.N. resolution.

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