March 18, 2011 / 12:52 PM / 9 years ago

Libya declares ceasefire after U.N. resolution

Libyan Foreign Minister Koussa Moussa attends a foreign ministers' meeting in Algiers March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya declared a cease-fire in the country to protect civilians and comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight, Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said Friday.

“We decided on an immediate cease-fire and on an immediate stop to all military operations,” he told reporters.

“(Libya) takes great interest in protecting civilians,” he said, adding that the country would also protect all foreigners and foreign assets in Libya.

Reporting by Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy

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