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Libya Contact Group Seeks Exit to Libyan Crisis Updated: 2011-04-14 00:00:00 KST

Foreign diplomats from 21 Arab, African and Western countries gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha Wednesday to discuss a political exit to the crisis in Libya.
At the summit, behind closed doors, the participants reportedly agreed to establish a temporary financial mechanism to channel humanitarian aid and money to the Libyan opposition in the form of a trust fund that uses frozen Libyan assets which the Libyan finance minister called an act of piracy.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the delegates at the summit that as many as 3.6 million affected people could require help in a worst-case scenario.
The so-called First Contact Group Meeting on Libya came after the rebel leadership's refusal to accept the peace plan proposed by an African Union delegation led by South African President Jacob Zuma.
The situation in Libya is viewed as highly vulnerable with civilian casualties increasing.
CNN quoted a rebel spokesman saying that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's tanks have been pounding the rebel-held western city of Misrata which killed several more people on Wednesday.
According to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, Gadhafi's troops have reportedly destroyed food supply warehouses in Misrata and cut off water and power to the city.
Meanwhile, appearing on state-run television a Libyan military official claimed that NATO air strikes on Misrata's Tripoli Street resulted in civilian casualties.
US fighter jets have been involved in the NATO-led bombing missions, according to Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan on Wednesday, although the role of the American mission was originally limited to simply providing support.
Kim Yeon-ji, Arirang News.
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