Britain, France could try no fly zone resolution this week

7th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain and France are drafting a UN resolution on a no fly zone over Libya which could be put to the Security Council this week, a diplomat said.

"You should expect something on Libya this week," the diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Saturday that his country is working with Britain on a no-fly zone resolution. Britain has spoken out strongly for an exclusion zone to stop raids by Moamer Kadhafi's warplanes on opposition rebels.

"The French and the British are working on a text. It will be put to the 15 members of the UN Security Council quite quickly. There is a feeling of urgency now," the UN diplomat said.

"You cannot leave the population to be massacred and do nothing," the envoy added.

The UN Security Council unanimously passed sanctions against the Kadhafi regime and ordered a crimes against humanity investigation on February 26. Any new move toward military action is likely to face tough resistance from China, Russia and other members of the 15.

The council is to be briefed on the turmoil in North Africa on Tuesday from UN under secretary general B. Lynn Pascoe.

© 2011 AFP

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