UN Chief speaks with Libya's Qadhafi, urges restraint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at length with embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, by telephone.

al-Qadhafi and Ban Ki-moon

Qadhafi and Ban Ki-moon

Mr. Ban expressed “deep concern at the escalating scale of violence and and emphasized that it must stop immediately.” He also called “for respect for basic freedoms and human rights” according to a statement. While the conversation took place Monday, the statement did not say where Qadhafi was.

Meanwhile, Diplomats at Libya’s United Nations mission announced they were supporting anti-government protesters. In a break with Qadhafi, they are calling on the UN to intervene in the situation there.



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