Support for no-fly zone dependant on UN decison

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The Netherlands will only enforce a no-fly zone over Libya after a resolution from the UN Security council. Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the decision Wednesday after a debate in the House.

The minister says the country’s support would first require an “international law mandate from the United Nations.” He added that “everything must be definite when considering moves to introduce a no-fly zone.”

Whether the UN will vote unanimously on the decision is the question. “There are all sorts of complications,” said Rosenthal. “These will also be seen by the UN as they make a decision.” 

Rosenthal did not comment on whether the Netherlands will cooperate with the enforcement of a no-fly zone. “We are currently not ready to talk about whether we would do that. The first phase is decision making in the framework of the UN,” he said.

A no-fly ordinance would prevent Gadaffi from deploying fighter planes over Libya. The move is supported by Britain and France, but fellow Security Council member Russia is against military intervention in the country.

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