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Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa speaks to the media at a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. (AP)
Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa speaks to the media at a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. (AP)

Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa announced today that Libya is declaring an immediate ceasefire and stopping all military operations.  The decision comes after the U.N. voted to authorize a no fly zone and to take "all necessary measures" to protect the Libyan people, including air strikes.

Koussa says the cease-fire "will take the country back to safety" and ensure security for all Libyans. But he also criticized the authorization of international military action, calling it a violation of Libya's sovereignty. The BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent Jonathan Marcus joins us from London.

This segment aired on March 18, 2011.

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