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'No weakening' in Arab support for Libya air strikes

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague has insisted that Arab League countries continue to support military action against Libya.

The League's secretary-general Amr Moussa has been quoted as saying he did not want military strikes that hit civilians.

But Mr Hague told Today presenter John Humphrys that, although Mr Moussa "was expressing his concern, as we as all do, about any civilian casualties... he continued to support the UN resolution, the implementation of the resolution,"

And he added: "I think too much was made of Amr Moussa's comments. I will be talking to him again today. I talked to Arab foreign ministers yesterday. I did not detect in them any weakening of their commitment to implement this resolution."

His comments come after British forces were engaged in action for a second night in Libya. The Ministry of Defence said Tomahawk missiles were fired from a Trafalgar Class submarine against "Libyan air defence systems" and that RAF Tornados had approached a target but did not fire their weapons because civilians were spotted nearby.

The Libyan government has claimed allied bombs destroyed part of Colonel Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli. Mr Hague also told the programme that Britain's aim is simply to help implement the UN resolution and defend the civilian population.


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