Libya: urgent UN talks on ‘dire’ humanitarian situation

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British ministers will today join urgent United Nations talks over the “dire” humanitarian situation in Libya.

Discussion will focus on the rebel-held town of Misurata which has been under attack for more than five weeks.

Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out an international invasion, insisting that the terms of the UN mandate must be respected.

However, he acknowledged that the constraints on ground forces were making the mission more difficult and that the allied forces were not able to “fully determine the outcome”.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell will fly to New York to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation with aid bodies.

Tens of thousands of people are trapped in Misurata and other towns following more than a month of fighting.

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