March 12, 2011 / 4:06 PM / 9 years ago

Arab League calls for Libya no-fly zone-state TV

CAIRO, March 12 (Reuters) - The Arab League on Saturday called on the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, Egyptian state television reported, a decision that would give a regional seal of approval that NATO has said is needed for any military action.

The state television also said the Arab League had decided to open channels of communication with a Libyan rebel council based in Benghazi. The League said the council represented the Libyan people, the channel reported.

League officials say the body has already been in touch with the rebels about the situation on the ground in Libya. (Writing by Tom Perry)

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