BREAKING NEWS: UNITED NATIONS: UN APPROVES No-Fly Zone Over Libya

17 Mar

 

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UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council on Thursday approved a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi‘s forces.

The action came as the Libyan leader was poised to make a final push against rebels holding out in Bengazhi, Libya’s second largest city.

The vote in the 15-member council was 10-0 with five abstentions, including Russia and China.

The United States, France and Britain had pushed for speedy approval.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Gadhafi within hours. The U.S. said it was preparing for action. Several Arab nations were expected to provide backup.

Gadhafi vowed to launch a final assault on Benghazi and crush the rebellion as his forces advanced toward the city and warplanes bombed its airport Thursday.

Gadhafi said in an interview broadcast Thursday on Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa that he rejected any U.N. threats of action.

“The U.N. Security Council has no mandate,” Gadhafi said. “We don’t acknowledge their resolutions.”

He warned that any military action would be construed as “colonization without any justification” and would have “grave repercussions.”

The text of the resolution calls on nations to “establish a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians.”

It also authorizes U.N. member states to take “all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory.”

NEWS UPDATE:

The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution authorising a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to enforce it in order to protect civilians under threat of attack from the Libyan regime.

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As dictator Muammar Gaddafi threatened an imminent assault on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and said his forces would show “no mercy”, the UN gave the green light to an international military response.

The resolution was backed by 10 Security Council members, with five abstentions.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the resolution called for an immediate ceasefire and was necessary to “avoid greater bloodshed”.

The UK’s three criteria for a no-fly zone – a demonstrable need, a clear legal basis and broad regional support – were now all met, he said. “This places a responsibility on members of the United Nations and that is a responsibility to which the United Kingdom will now respond,” he added.

The resolution also tightened sanctions and introduced measures to make it harder for Gaddafi to employ foreign mercenaries. But it rules out any foreign occupation force “of any form of any part of Libyan territory”.

French prime minister Francois Fillon said if the resolution was approved, France would support military action against Gaddafi within hours. The US said it was preparing for action. Several Arab nations were expected to provide support.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi said in an interview broadcast on Portuguese public broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa that he rejected any UN threats of action. “The UN Security Council has no mandate,” Gaddafi said. “We don’t acknowledge their resolutions.”

He warned that any military action would be construed as “colonisation without any justification” and would have “grave repercussions”.

The Cabinet will meet in the morning and Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to the Commons, Downing Street said.

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