EU chief proposes discussion of no-fly over Libya

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Posted: Mar 14, 2011 11:07 AM
EU chief proposes discussion of no-fly over Libya

The European Union's foreign policy chief says a no-fly zone over Libya should be on the table at a proposed tripartite summit of the EU, Arab League and African Union to discuss developments in the Middle East.

Catherine Ashton says all options should be discussed, including a no-fly zone. The Arab League has asked the U.N. to impose the flight ban to try to stop Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's airstrikes.

Ashton spoke at a news conference Monday with Arab League chief Amr Moussa. Ashton did not set a date for the proposed meeting.

The U.N. Security Council was meeting Monday to hear a briefing from U.N. political chief B. Lynn Pascoe about the Arab League's request.

Ashton met Egyptian officials Sunday. She expressed the EU's support for Egypt's democratic process.