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Britain hails US 'change in position' on Libya no-fly zone

UK welcomes the US accepting to impose no-fly zone on Libya

AFP , Thursday 17 Mar 2011
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Britain on Thursday hailed a "change in the position" of the United States on Libya and urged immediate action to stop Moummar Gaddafi's forces, piling on pressure for a UN vote on a no-fly zone.

"There has been a significant change in the position of the White House," Alistair Burt, a British Foreign Office minister with special responsibility for the Middle East, told BBC radio. "We obviously appreciate that the United States does realise the urgency of the situation."

The situation in Libya "makes it imperative that something is done and something is done today," he said, adding he hoped there would be a vote on a resolution at the UN Security Council in New York later on Thursday.

France, Britain and the United States were pressing for the Security Council vote on a no-fly zone to halt Libyan leader Gaddafi's advance on rebel strongholds on the east.

The French and British have led calls for a no-fly zone, and on Wednesday the United States joined the European powers in putting forward a draft resolution which included the measure.

The US envoy to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told reporters at the UN that a no-fly zone was one of a "range of actions" that should be contemplated.
Rice warned that a no-fly zone "has inherent limitations in terms of protection of civilians at immediate risk".

Russia, Germany and other members of the 15-member Security Council have expressed opposition or doubts about military action in Libya.


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18-03-2011 03:43am
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TOP DICTATOR UN 5 Permanent members People in the Arab World have risen up against the dictators because they have been suppressed in many ways but the core issue goes right at the top “The United Nation” the five permanent members are always suppressing those leaders in the Arab World and not even a single media or intellect seems to address that issue. Why is it that these five members are not elected by the representatives of the UN from each member Country. Why the membership has to be permanent and that goes to state that these Muslim Countries are under represented at UN. Truly the Muslim World do not have a voice at United Nation and that’s why we are seeing what is unfolding the in the Arab World. Where is the democracy where the decisions are being made at the top level i.e. United Nation. These leaders are always being suppressed and cornered by United Nation and this is because the five permanent members are not elected and therefore, a balance of power is never share
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