Qaddafi feeling world’s ‘unified will’ : UN chief

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PARIS: Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi is feeling the "unified will" of the international community through the military campaign launched against his forces in Libya, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said here Sunday.

"He has been killing his own people. He declared that he will search house to house and kill all the people. That is unacceptable," the UN secretary general told AFP before setting off on a trip to Egypt and Tunisia.

"My only hope is that the Libyan authorities should fully abide by the Security Council resolution, ceasefire immediately and take all measures to protect their population," he added.

Saturday, the United States, Britain and France pounded Libya with Tomahawk missiles and air strikes in a dramatic show of force after the UN Security Council authorized the use of "all necessary means" to protect civilians and enforce a ceasefire and no-fly zone against strongman Qaddafi’s forces.

Also Saturday, Ban attended a Paris crisis summit on Libya and said it showed "the strong and determined unity of the international community."

The UN chief told the summit how Libya’s prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi made a "desperate" bid on the eve of Saturday’s military attacks to get him to stop the offensive.

The Libyan prime minister urged the UN secretary general to send a monitoring team to check that Qaddafi’s forces had stopped their offensive against rebel fighters, according to a UN spokesman’s account.

Ban later told reporters how he had lost confidence in the ability of Qaddafi’s "leadership to tell the truth.


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