The European Union has reiterated its call for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down, but stopped short of imposing a no-fly zone over the Arab nation or any form of military action, BBC reports.

During the EU’s Brussels summit on Friday (March 11), French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron, urged the bloc to include a no-fly zone or “other options against air attacks” against Libya, according to a joint letter published in the Guardian March 10.

On the other hand, U.S. President Barack Obama offered cautious support to Libyan rebels and “played down” the feasibility of military support from the West to force Gadhafi to cede power, The Washington Post reports.

The Arab League, meantime, on Saturday (March 12) backed the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and recognized the rebel movement that aims to oust Gadhafi, The Washington Post reports.

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