Arab states call for 'no fly' zone over Libya

Members of the League of Arab States are urging the UN Security Council to impose a 'no fly' zone over Libya to restrict Libyan military aircraft from flying over the country's air space.

Ambassador Nawaf Salam

The Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi has been using the North African country’s air force in an attempt to quell a popular uprising against his regime.

Ambassador Nawaf Salam of Lebanon said the Security Council, which has been meeting behind closed doors, is working on a resolution to impose the no fly zone over Libya.

“Well, it was upon our request that the Security Council met this morning. I conveyed formally to all members of the Council, the Arab request to establish a no-fly zone over Libya in view of the deteriorating situation in spite of resolution 1970. The Council will be reconvening soon to further discuss the matter and, hopefully, make a decision in that regard soon.”

Security Council resolution 1970, adopted in February, imposed an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against key figures of Muammar Qadhafi’s government.


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