UN no-fly resolution on Libya

2011-03-18 09:27

Key elements in the resolution adopted on Thursday by the UN Security Council authorising a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from attacks by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces:

_ Demands "the immediate establishment of a cease-fire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against, and abuses of, civilians".

_ Demands that Libyan authorities "take all measures to protect civilians and meet their basic needs, and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance".

_ Authorises the UN member states "to take all necessary measures ... to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory".

_ Decides "to establish a ban on all flights in the airspace of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in order to help protect civilians", but says humanitarian flights and flights authorised by the UN and Arab League can take place.

_ Strengthens the arms embargo imposed on February 26 by calling on UN member states "to inspect in their territory, including airports and seaports, and on the high seas, vessels and aircraft bound to or from" Libya if the country has information with "reasonable grounds" to believe the cargo contains banned military items, or that armed mercenaries are being transported.

_ Orders all states to prevent any Libyan owned, operated, or registered aircraft - or any aircraft believed to be carrying prohibited weapons or mercenaries - to take off, land or overfly their territory without prior approval from the UN committee monitoring sanctions.

_ Adds travel bans on the Libyan ambassador to Chad and the governor of Ghat, both directly involved in recruiting mercenaries for the Gaddafi regime.

_ Extends an asset freeze to seven more individuals including three additional Gaddafi children, the defence minister, the director of military intelligence, the director of the external security organization, and the secretary for utilities.

_ Freezes the assets of five key financial institutions: the Central Bank, the Libyan Investment Authority, the Libyan Foreign Bank, Libyan Africa Investment Portfoilio, and the Libyan National Oil Corporation.

_ Asks Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to establish an eight-member panel of experts to help the UN sanctions committee monitor implementation of sanctions against Libya.

  • Ingwe - 2011-03-18 10:48

    seems fair to me

  • slg - 2011-03-18 15:48

    Excellent. Well done. Wish this had been done three weeks ago though. Many lives would have been saved.

  • mmuso.bookholane - 2011-03-21 18:10

    General Muammar Gaddafi has done nothing wrong, he must continue to defend his country and people against these rebels. Some of us are not confused, we understand that one does not need a camoufladge uniform to be a rebel, u need a gun and bombs. All those who are being reffered to as civillians are actually rebels just because they are not wearing military regalia the oil-obsessed imperialist are accusing the general Gaddafi of killing civilians

      za101 - 2011-03-22 13:47

      these actions were needed to prevent genocide in bengazi this is to prevent another rwanda or bosnia

      Tobie - 2011-03-22 22:14

      On the money......Mmuso.CAN not said it better!!!

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-22 06:54

    Handling Zimbabwe in the same way decades ago would probably have prevented that regime and the ANC racist regime as well as the north africans from going as far as they have. BUT the great world powers ENJOY the prospect of newsworthy massacres of innocent whites and sit back and DONOTHING TO HELP PREVENT IT.

  • alijmain - 2011-03-23 12:10

    AND ZIMBABWE???? Oh of course, theres no oil there. Mugabe has been using similar tactics on his own citizens but nothing happens!!

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