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Libya has asked Algeria to mediate with the UN Security Council to obtain a lifting of sanctions against Tripoli, Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said Thursday in an newspaper interview.

The Security Council last month passed a resolution calling for an end to the violence in Libya, wracked by an uprising against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime, and imposed severe sanctions on the Libyan leader, his family and aides.

“My Libyan counterpart (Moussa Koussa) sent me a letter 36 hours ago in which he asked for Algerian mediation with the Security Council to have it renounce certain sanctions imposed on Libya,” Medelci told the Arab-language daily El-Khabar. AFP

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