UNSC divided on no-fly zone in Libya

The UK and France are preparing a draft resolution on a potential no-fly zone in Libya.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 14:15 PM IST

United Nations: The UN Security Council was Tuesday divided on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, even though the Arab League has urgently called for the measure after Muammar Gaddafi`s advancing army regained control of some rebel-held towns.

"We would like the Council to act as swiftly as
possible and we would like a consensus on the no-fly zone,"
said Nawaf Salam, Lebanon`s envoy to the UN, who requested the
Council meeting on the matter.

"I`m not sure whether there will be (a resolution)
we`re going to work hard for a resolution," he said.

"We think it`s not only a legitimate request but
necessary measure to be taken to stop the violence."
Britain and France are preparing a draft resolution on a potential no-fly zone but other countries in the Council are
still not completely on board.

Nawaf said that "implementation" will be addressed in
the draft resolution.

India, a non-permanent member, has previously raised
questions about what will be the objective of such a no-fly
zone and where will assets to execute it come from.
Last month, the Security Council adopted a resolution
slapping sanctions on the Libyan regime, which included a
complete arms embargo, an asset freeze and a travel ban on
Gaddafi and his loyalists, and a referral to the Hague-based
International Criminal Court.

The resolution, however, has not deterred the Libyan
strongman from his agenda of consolidating power by using
violence.
Foreign minister of the G8 countries also discussed
the issue of the no-fly zone at their meeting in Paris.
Responding to a question, Nawaf said it was hard to
say whether a no-fly zone would be effective.

Recalling the situation in Bosnia during the
mid-nineties, he said, "Inspite of no fly zone, the worst
massacres took place... this does not mean that the no-fly
zone was useless but it was not enough."

PTI