UPDATE 1-Arab League says U.N. resolution sets limits

Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:58am GMT

* Goal to protect civilians, not to invade or occupy

* Arab League called for no-fly zone

* Arab backing was crucial for Western powers to support

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By Edmund Blair

CAIRO, March 18 (Reuters) - The Arab League chief told Reuters on Friday that the U.N. Security Council resolution on Libya was aimed at protecting civilians without backing any invasion, and said he did not want any side "to go too far".

Secretary-general Amr Moussa said the participation of any Arab state in implementing a no-fly zone or in other action would be discussed bilaterally as the League's own resolution backing a no-fly zone had not specified steps by states.

The League, a Cairo-based body that had suspended Libya over its handling of the uprising, had called for a no-fly zone on March 12, a step that was crucial in securing U.S. and European backing for such a measure.

"The goal is to protect civilians first of all, and not to invade or occupy. The resolution is clear on that point," Moussa said.   Continued...

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