Libya declares ceasefire after UN resolution

TRIPOLI, March 18 Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:18pm IST

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TRIPOLI, March 18 (Reuters) - Libya declared a ceasefire in the country to protect civilians and comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said on Friday.

"We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations," he told reporters.

"(Libya) takes great interest in protecting civilians," he said, adding that the country would also protect all foreigners and foreign assets in Libya. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy)

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