U.N. Approves “All Necessary Measures” in Libya
March 17, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) – The United Nation’s security council with 10 votes for and 5 abstentions, has approved a no-fly-zone to stop Moammar Gadhafi. The resolution was strongly supported by France, the United Kingdom and Lebanon. The abstentions came from Germany, China, Russia, India and Brazil. In anticipation of the vote, Gaddafi warned that Libya would mount terror attacks across the Mediterranean for years to come in retaliation if foreign powers took up arms against him. With pro-Qaddafi forces advancing on the Libyan opposition capital, the resolution authorizes UN members to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians and civilian centers. The resolution also called for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the violence, and a tightening of sanctions. With US and European warships and aircraft positioned nearby, military operations could begin quickly. But the UN resolution rules out a foreign occupation force in any part of Libya.
Update: Soon after the U.N.’s resolution approving military force in Libya, the country’s government called for a cease-fire on Friday. Libya’s foreign minister said that, as a member of the council, Gaddafi’s regime is “obliged to accept the Security Council resolution that permits the use of force to protect the civilian population.” He said the regime would halt all military operations against the opposition. It seems to be a smokescreen though, as there are continuing reports that Libya’s military continues to attack the opposition forces.