The Arab League supported the UN backed no fly zone over Libya but the African Union, of which Libya is a founder, did not.
Stephen Sackur speaks to Jean Ping, chairman of the Standing Commission of the AU, who says they weren't consulted about the crisis.
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You can watch the full discussion on BBC World News at 2130 GMT Friday 25th March and 0030, 1130, 2030 GMT Saturday 26th March.