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LIBYA: Berlusconi condemns Libyan violence as 'unacceptable'

February 21, 2011 |  1:44 pm

Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he was alarmed by the escalation of violence in Libya and called the use of force by the military regime to suppress protests "unacceptable."

"The European Union and the international community must make every effort to prevent the Libyan crisis from degenerating into a civil war that will have consequences difficult to predict," Berlusconi said Monday in an e-mailed statement distributed by his office.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Libyan immigrants carry banners and placards bearing slogans calling on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to "close the borders because of the massacres of the people of Libya" (top banner) and denouncing Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi as a "murderer" (bottom) during a rally outside the Libyan Embassy in Rome on Monday. Credit: Guido Montani/EPA

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