NOUAKCHOTT, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Five African presidents mandated by the 53-member African Union (AU) to end the crisis in Libya on Saturday voiced the opposition to the violation of the North African country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
At a meeting held in the Mauritanian capital Mauritania, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stressed that there must be an African solution to the crisis while respecting Libya's sovereinty and territorial integrity.
The AU panel of African presidents also includes the leaders of South Africa, Mali, the Republic of Congo and Uganda.
The Mauritanian president, who chaired the meeting, also reiterated Africa's opposition to all forms of military intervention.
The panel proposed the AU hold the bloc's meeting on March 25 on an urgent decision to end the bloodshed in the country.
The AU reaction came after French, British and U. S. forces launched airstrikes on the targets in Libya to back rebels in defense of offensives by Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
The UN Security Council had previously adopted a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya amid advances of Gaddafi's forces to take back control of cities lost to rebels.