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LIBYA: U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon tells Moammar Kadafi he 'must stop immediately'

February 21, 2011 | 10:07 am

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with longtime Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi on Monday, Reuters reported.

Ban had an extensive discussion with Kadafi, condemned the escalating violence in Libya and told him it "must stop immediately," a U.N. spokesman told Reuters.

Meanwhile, Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, condemned Kadafi, saying that his regime has declared war on Libyans and was committing genocide, according to CNN reports. Dabbashi did not step down, saying he was at the U.N. to serve the Libyan people and not the regime. The whereabouts of the head of Libya's U.N. mission was not immediately clear, according to CNN.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Libya's state television shows what the channel said were supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi gathering in Tripoli's Green Square on Monday. It  reported that Libyan security forces have been targeting "dens of terrorists" and urged Libyan citizens to cooperate with the operation to restore security in the country. Credit: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

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