France, Britain pushing UN for Libya no-fly zone

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

France and Britain are still pushing the UN Security Council to implement a no-fly zone over Libya to help rebels under assault from Moamer Kadhafi's forces, the French envoy said Tuesday.

"We are talking in terms of hours, and in terms of hours we do think that a no-fly zone is the least thing that we can do here," France's ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud told reporters.

He was speaking after French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said veto-wielding council member China was blocking UN action on Libya.

"If today we are stuck, it's not only because Europe is impotent, it's because at the Security Council, for now, China doesn't want any mention of a resolution leading to the international community's interference in a country's affairs," he said.

Earlier, Juppe told French lawamkers that amid the fierce assault by the Libyan leader's forces on the opposition rebels the no-fly zone plan had been overtaken by events.

"We feel that it's been overtaken, that that's not what today will stop Kadhafi's advance," Juppe said, adding "we need to talk about it, we could return to our proposal."

© 2011 AFP

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