March 19, 2011 / 9:09 AM / 9 years ago

Libyan minister says forces respecting ceasefire

Libya's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim speaks during a news conference in Tripoli March 18, 2011. The U.N. Security Council voted on Thursday to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" - code for military action - to protect civilians against leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

LONDON (Reuters) - Libya has grounded all of its air force and is respecting a ceasefire in its conflict with rebels, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim told BBC radio on Saturday.

“All the Libyan air force is out of operation now because we are respecting the decision,” he said in an interview recorded before reports of an aircraft being shot down over the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

“The ceasefire is real, credible and solid. We are willing to receive observers as soon as possible.”

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