UN Security Council bans flights over Libya (UPDATE 2)

UN Security Council bans flights over Libya (UPDATE 2)

Details added (the first version was posted at 02:41)

The UN Security Council on Thursday voted to ban flights in Libya's air space and authorized military action to implement the ban, triggering intervention on the air by countries and organizations like NATO, dpa reported.

But the council explicitly ruled out any occupation force in Libya.

The 15-nation council voted 10-0, with five abstentions to authorize the no-fly zone. The countries abstaining were China, Brazil, India, Germany and Russia.

China and Russia are permanent members of the council and their abstentions allowed the resolution to be adopted. If they had cast a negative vote, or a veto, the resolution would have been killed.

The three other permanent members with veto power, the United States, France and Britain, voted in favour of the measure.

The council also demanded an immediate ceasefire, which together with the no-fly zone would constitute actions to protect civilians against Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces, including aerial bombing.

Gaddafi earlier Thursday warned on national radio of a bloodbath in the opposition stronghold of Benghazi if rebels do not give up their arms. Gaddafi threatened to unleash his forces on the eastern Libyan city in a matter of hours.

Gaddafi's military has also threatened retaliation against forces in the Mediterranean Sea for any foreign intervention in the country.

"All military and civilian air and sea vessels in the Mediterranean Sea will become targets of the Libyan retaliation," a spokesperson for the military told Libyan media.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, in New York to push for passage, vowed before the vote that France was prepared to act almost immediately.

Juppe said his country, Britain, some Arab countries and possibly the United States were "ready to take action" to implement the resolution.

"France and other countries are ready to put into action the resolution of the Security Council," he said. "It's very important that Arab countries become involved in the intervention when it takes place."

The 15-nation council demanded the Libyan regime put an end to all attacks and abuses of civilians and comply with international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law and protect civilians.

The authorization to use "all necessary means" to implement the resolution implies unilateral action by countries or in coordination with organizations to implement the no-fly zone.

The phrase "all necessary means" implies use of military force to implement the so-called no-fly zone, which had been the topic of discussion in the past two weeks.

Individual countries or organizations that plan to implement the no-fly zone are called to notify the UN secretary general and the League of Arab States before taking action. The League on March 12 supported the no-fly zone as a way to stop the killing of civilians by Gaddafi's forces.

The League of Arab States was asked to coordinate with the UN secretary general on the measures they are taking to implement the ban.

The arms embargo imposed on Libya by the council on February 26 was modified to allow actions by individual countries or organizations to inspect in their territories, including seaports, airports and on the high seas, all vessels and aircraft bound to and from Libya if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they are carrying weapons and military materials.

Mercenaries currently assisting Gaddafi's forces are also subject to the arms embargo.

Aircraft registered in Libya, owned or operated by Libyan nationals, and their companies are prohibited to take off or land, or overfly in other countries or territories unless those flights are authorized by a UN committee, including in emergency cases.

The freeze of assets ordered on February 26 was expanded to include 13 people, including Gaddafi and his immediate family members, and six entities, including the Central Bank of Libya, Libyan Foreign Bank and Libyan National Oil Company.

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