12 Aug '11, 1am

UN chief Ban alarmed over rising civilian toll in Libya: UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expre...

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed alarm over the rising number of civilian casualties in the Libya conflict, including those inflicted in NATO airstrikes. Without specifically naming any side, Ban called on "all parties" to use "extreme caution" in the battle, said a UN statement. Ban also stepped up calls for a political solution to the conflict, in which rebels have sought to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade-old regime. "The secretary general is deeply concerned by reports of the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Libya," said the statement. "The secretary general calls on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life," it added. When asked if NATO was included in the message, a UN spokeswoman stressed the "all parties" phrase. ...

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