South Africa calls for end of hostilities in Libya

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma

The President of South Africa has called for the cessation of hostilities and an end to the NATO aerial bombing in Libya.

President Jacob Zuma told the General Assembly that the African Union tried to resolve the crisis peacefully in Libya but its efforts were never given a chance to succeed.

He said South Africa will work with the National Transitional Council as it works to form a transitional government that will take the Libyan seat in the African Union.

But he said the bombing has to stop.

"During this period of working towards normalcy in Libya, we call for a cessation of hostilities and an end to NATO aerial bombardment. We also call for the lifting of the No Fly zone, which was necessitated by the need for the protection of civilians."

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