Britain welcomes Arab League backing for Libya no-fly zone

12th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain welcomed the Arab League's support for a no-fly zone over Libya on Saturday as "very significant" for its efforts to introduce the measure.

"The Arab League call for a NFZ is very significant and provides important regional support to the option of creating a NFZ," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said after diplomats said the league backed the idea at crisis talks in Cairo.

Britain and France have drawn up a UN Security Council resolution on a no-fly zone to counter Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's assault on rebel forces, but the resolution faces opposition from China and Russia.

"NFZs are one option being considered as part of international contingency planning to respond quickly to events on the ground as they develop. This planning does not pre-judge any particular outcome," the spokeswoman added.

She also welcomed the Arab League's decision to make contact with the Libyan rebels' provisional national council, saying Britain viewed the council as "valid interlocutors with whom we should work closely".

"The outcome of today's Arab League meeting shows Kadhafi's actions do not have support in the region," she said.

"In brutally repressing a popular uprising by his own people, it is clear he is isolated and ignoring the will of the international community."

© 2011 AFP

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