Libya Says Cease-Fire Holds, Invites Foreign Observers

Libya's deputy foreign minister on Friday called for observers from China, Malta, Turkey and Germany "to come to Libya as soon as possible... to make sure that there is a real cease-fire on the ground."

Brent and U.S. crude prices turned down and fell more than US$1 in volatile trading after Libya said it accepted a U.N. resolution for immediate cease-fire and that it would halt all military action against the rebels.Libya has asked Turkey, Malta and China to send observers to monitor a cease-fire announced by the government, an official said, denying reports that attacks on rebel lines were continuing.

"We are in contact with Turkey, Malta and China and we have asked them to send observers to monitor the cease-fire," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The armed forces are respecting [the cease-fire] and will protect civilians," added the official, denying reports that Kadhafi's forces were still carrying military operations in the western cities of Misrata and Zintan.

Libya declared Friday an immediate cease-fire in the month-long battle against rebels fighting to overthrow Kadhafi after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution authorising the use of force against loyalist troops.

The insurgents have dismissed the cease-fire as a bluff.

Hurriyet Daily News