The United States said on Sunday it would not recognize a ceasefire declared by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.
“Our view at this point…is that it isn’t true, or has been immediately violated,” White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told reporters. Donilon also said that the United States and its allies had a “good first day” in their intervention in Libya.
President Obama and his national security team made phone calls Sunday to try to shore up support in Arab governments for the military mission in Libya, with top White House aides reaching out to officials of the Arab League to insist the bombing does not exceed the scope of a U.N. mandate, according to senior administration officials.
The lobbying came after Arab League officials complained earlier Sunday that airstrikes in Libya by the U.S. military and allies went beyond instituting a no-fly zone, CNN’s Ed Henry reports. The senior officials said the Obama team stressed to the Arab League that bombing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses falls within the U.N. Security Council resolution’s scope of imposing a no-fly zone and taking “all necessary measures” to stop the dictator from