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Nations ready to act against Libya

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 02:22

Mar 18 - Countries join efforts to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya a day after the UN Security Council passed a resolution endorsing it, saying they would take 'all necessary measures'. Jessica Gray reports.

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NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL French officials say they could begin military operations against Libya a day after a U.N. vote authorizing a no-fly zone. (SOUNDBITE) (French) BUDGET MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN FRANCOIS BAROIN "The strikes will take place rapidly. There's no question, you will understand, of saying this morning when, how, which target and in what shape. But what happened overnight is a very important stage in the management of this war in Libya and the massacre by Gadaffi of his people." The U.N. Security council approved the no-fly zone late on Thursday to curb the advance of Muammar Gaddafi's forces that are threatening to attack rebel bastion Benghazi city. The resolution also authorized "all necessary measures" -- code for military action -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi's forces. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the resolution, which Britain co-sponsored, will curb violence in the war-ravaged country. SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON "Its forces have attacked peaceful protesters and are now preparing for a violent assault on a city, Benghazi, of a million people, that has a history dating back two-and-a-half thousand years. They have begun airstrikes in anticipation of what we expect to be a brutal attack, using air, land and sea forces. Gaddafi has publicly promised that every home will be searched and that there will be no mercy and no pity shown." He added that the military action did not involve occupying Libya. Germany was one of five nations in the security council to abstain from the vote. Germany's Foreign Minister said the risk of military actions was too great. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER, GUIDO WESTERWELLE: "We understand those who out of honourable motives decided for an international military intervention in Libya. However, after evaluating the risks we came to the conclusion that we will not participate in a military mission in Libya with German soldiers and that's why Germany abstained in the vote." China and Russia also abstained. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Nations ready to act against Libya

Friday, March 18, 2011 - 02:22