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Post  Guest on Wed 16 Mar - 22:42

UN chief calls for ceasefire in Libya
Ban Ki-moon calls for immediate ceasefire, as security council meets to deliberate over draft resolution.
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2011 21:53


Gaddafi's forces have retaken some of the key towns that had fallen to pro-democracy activists [EPA]
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has called on both sides in the conflict in Libya to accept an "immediate ceasefire", even as deliberations began at the United Nations Security Council over a draft resolution regarding the crisis.

Ban warned that "a campaign [by pro-Gaddafi forces] to bombard such an urban centre [as opposition stronghold Benghazi] would massively place civilian lives at risk".

He said he was gravely concerned about the increasing military escalation by government forces, which include indications of an assault on Benghazi.

"Those responsible for the continuous use of military forces against civilians will be held accountable," he said.

No-fly zone debate

The UN Security Council resumed discussions on Wednesday on a resolution seeking to impose a no-fly zone over Libya in a bid to stop Gaddafi's fighter jets from targeting civilians.

Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler, reporting from New York, said it would take the 15-member council sometime to conclude debate on the resolution.

"There are certain paragraphs - certain points within this draft resolution - that are going to be more sticky that others, if you will," he said.

"And that's specifically when it comes to the no-fly zone; how it is going to be implemented. There's a term 'by all means necessary'. That's quite ambiguous and also it can have a lot of military implications. That's most likely going to be one of those paragraphs that's going to take sometime to get through."

Saif: 48 hours from victory

Meanwhile, Saif al-Islam, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, has said forces loyal to his father are nearing the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the country's east and predicted an uprising against the regime would be crushed within the next two days.

Saif al-Islam told France-based TV channel Euronews on Wednesday: "The military operations are finished. In 48 hours everything will be over. Our forces are close to Benghazi. Whatever decision is taken, it will be too late."

He was responding to questions about talks among world powers to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, a move endorsed by the 22-member Arab League last week in Cairo and backed by the United States.

The interview was given as Gaddafi's forces launched a major attack on the rebel-held city of Misurata, killing at least five people, medical sources said.

Fighting was also under way in the eastern town of Ajdabiyah on Wednesday as rebels fought back against Gaddafi troops in an effort to halt their push towards Benghazi, the opposition's stronghold.



Rebels vowed to continue fighting even as government forces continued the counter-offensive which has seen them win control of a string of towns previously in opposition hands to the east of Tripoli.

"We've got some surprises in store. We're going to fight on and we're going to win," Mustafa Gheriani, a rebel officer in Ajdabiya, told the Reuters news agency by telephone.

State television claimed on Tuesday that forces loyal to Gaddafi had captured and "purged" the town.

Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught, reporting from Tripoli, said Gaddafi and his son have been increasingly confident of reversing the rebels' gains.

"There has always been confidence coming out of Colonel Gaddafi's mouth and out of the mouth of his son Saif al-Islam. Back - maybe more than three weeks ago - there was a little uncertainty because they were taken by surprise, I think, by the degree and speed of the uprising against them," she said.

"But as they had a chance to get a measure of what the rebels were able to put up in terms of a fight ... they have grown increasingly certain of how they could proceed to regain the territory they lost and how they could move against them [rebels]."

Stiff resistance

Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley, reporting from Benghazi, said the rebels would put up stiff resistance.

"I don't think there's too much nervousness, and I don't think people believe the threat at the moment appears to be real and looming," he said, adding that Benghazi would be a "whole different kind of target".

"This is a a huge city [with] a populaton of over 800,000 and the people here basically have been flying the flag of the rebellion from the very beginning.

"They know they have a lot to lose, so they're going to fight this every inch of the way, and street fighting would be potentially costly for Gaddafi's forces. We don't think he is that strong in terms of numbers ... There's a long way to go before Benghazi falls."

Rebels have long called for the imposition of a no-fly zone to protect them from aerial bombardment by Gaddafi's fighter jets. The measure is backed by the Arab League, France and Great Britain but other UN security council members have voiced doubts about the proposal.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said on Wednesday she hoped the council would vote on a new package of measures against Libya as early as Thursday.

"We are moving as rapidly as we can in New York to see whether we can get additional authorisation for the international community to look at a broad range of actions, not just a no-fly zone but other actions as well," Clinton said on a visit to Cairo.

"We won't know until there is an actual vote. We're hoping that will be no later than tomorrow [Thursday]," she added.

"And then we'll see what that message means to Gaddafi and his regime, and what it means in terms of support and encouragement to the opposition."

Britain's UN ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, said council members would discuss the proposed resolution "paragraph by paragraph" because members had "a number of questions about the text".

Colombia's ambassador, Nestor Osorio, said his country "very much supported" efforts to halt violence against Libyan civilians, but still had questions about the details of a possible no-fly zone.

Other ambassadors said issues to be clarified included whether the ban would apply to all flights countrywide, and what countries would contribute planes and other assets to enforce it.

Pro-Gaddafi troops have been battling rebels in several cities across the Libyan coastline, using machine guns and by airpower to halt the rebels' advance on key cities in the country's west.

The rebellion, which began last month in the relatively poor city of Benghazi, followed an Egypt-style uprising against Gaddafi, in power since 1969, and has seen hundreds of civilians killed, some by air force planes.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/03/201131614230683317.html

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 7:42

All times are local in Libya GMT+2)

9:15am
Medical sources in Misurata told Al Jazeera that at least 80 members of Gaddafi's forces were killed during yesterday's fighting.

7:40am
In Benghazi - Libya's rebel-controlled second largest city - opposition protesters are buoyed by news that fighters in a nearby town have beaten back an offensive by Gaddafi's forces.

While some in the city are apprehensive that the war may still come to their door step, they remain defiant, vowing to fight on to defeat Gaddafi's troops.

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Panda on Thu 17 Mar - 7:48

Situation in Bahrain deteriorating and the King has stamped down hard on the rebels who apparently were only asking for more freedom. The embarassing
thing is, he has been invited to THE Wedding. Question, will he accept and risk a protest in London or diplomatically stay away?

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Post  Panda on Thu 17 Mar - 7:53


Obama is asking for urgent action in Libya and STILL the UN are dithering, apparently meeting later today to discuss the siuation. The UN have never
been effective and this is another example of their ineptitude.

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 8:03

23:45 Al Jazeera Arabic Political Analyst Azmi Bshara has spoken beautifully once again this evening, and luckily I was able to jot down an document almost everything he said. I will provide it to you in summarised note form, though do keep in mind that I have not included the questions that he was asked by the news anchors for fear of missing what he might say. I hope you find this translation useful:

Gaddafi and Saif’s last speeches clearly demonstrate their intent in psychological warfare. The speeches were well planned and clearly structured by experts. Money can easily buy you people these days
If its military strength that decides who the world sides with, then Saif was trying to say: The strength is with us, we will end this in 48 hours
Let’s assume that Saif is right. Is it something worth boasting about and being proud of that you have to physically crush and bombard your own people with tanks and heavy artillery in order to rule over them?
The decision that world governments make is not guided by interests only. Whoever wants contracts with Libya will be able to get them. Libya isn’t going anywhere as a country, and it will still need to sell its oil.
An important factor that plays in Europe and America is “Public Opinion”. Libya and France have negatively clashed during the Libya-Chad war when Libya wanted to play the role of a superpower in Africa, a continent where France has dominated and still does
Another factor is competing interests. There are new BIG players in North Africa, namely Turkey who has struck contracts worth 100 billion dollars with Libya over the next three years in varying sectors. This touches on the interests of other countries namely Europe.
In the developed countries, we notice a cross sometimes between politics and economy
There are other variables that play into which direction countries side with regarding Libya. In the case of Russia, we keep in mind the arms deals it has with Libya.
High oil prices may not be a good factor for many European countries but in the case of Russia it is a positive thing due to its role in oil production
The last time a “Freedom Fighters” group was armed was in Afghanistan when the Taliban were fighting Russia. These same weapons were later used against the same people who supplied them when America declared war on Afghanistan in 2001
Germany is being cautious and asking questions that relate to the political ideologies of the Libyan revolution before even discussing the idea of providing them with arms because they are not sure which way the revolution may swing after it defeats Gaddafi. Another reason is because Libya so much closer to Europe than Afghanistan
Any freedom movement is not guaranteed as to where it’ll go after succeeding. It’s a gamble whether you arm them or not
At the same time, not arming the revolutionaries in the Public opinion means indirectly supporting and condoning what Gaddafi’s regime is doing
One thing the world needs to realise as 100% fact is that Libya can never go back to the way it used to be pre-17th February
If Europe and the world are to help arm the revolution, then this will be for many reasons:
1. Pressure from the neighbouring Arab nations, especially after the consensus reached during the Arab League meeting
2. Public opinion which has clearly voiced its hatred for Gaddafi’s regime and the crimes it’s committing
3. The masses are out!
In the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, the Obama administration was stating that Egypt was “politically stable”. They did not change their opinion until the millions came out and occupied the squares and streets of the country. Though Libya is not witnessing such demonstrations, it’s going about it differently and thousands are dying for the cause.
I expect for the UN resolution to pass tomorrow. I dismiss the fear of Russia and China using the right of Veto because these countries have restricted their use of it to regional issues only in the past. Last time Russia used power of Veto was in 1991 for example.
I doubt America will Veto the resolution out of fear of the public opinion backlash, and especially during this critical time with elections next year.
22:31 Al Jazeera Arabic is reporting from revolutionaries that 3 helicopters manned by defected pilots bombarded Gaddafi’s forces which were based on the outskirts of east Ajdabiya today.

22:27 Al Jazeera Arabic Eyewitness from Tripoli called in and reported the hearing of very heavy gunfire from within the military college. The eyewitness also reported that screams could be heard with the words “no no!” being extremely audible.

http://www.libyafeb17.com/2011/03/march-16-updates/

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Post  Panda on Thu 17 Mar - 10:22

@Panda wrote:Situation in Bahrain deteriorating and the King has stamped down hard on the rebels who apparently were only asking for more freedom. The embarassing
thing is, he has been invited to THE Wedding. Question, will he accept and risk a protest in London or diplomatically stay away?

Just been announced the King is not going to attend the Royal Wedding and will send a representative.

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Post  Panda on Thu 17 Mar - 16:24

Gaddafi says he will give the rebels in Benghazi until Sunday to surrender. UN has drafted a resolution agreed by the G8 to take "all reasonable means"
to safeguard the humanitarian rights of the Citizens of Benghazi. Time is very important, only 2 days to go and the theory is Gaddafi is expected to
try to scupper the Resolution by telephoning the likes of Russia, China and Germany who were reluctant to sign in an effort to make deals.

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 18:53

Gaddafi apparently on radio - some comments:

@MushuThaLohari

#Gaddafi talking like a very pissed off old woman on radio right now. Aww. #Libya #Feb17
12 minutes ago via web
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@AliveIn
| #Gaddafi: Join us. You are welcome to join our lines, you are most welcome. Or retreat.
2 minutes ago via web

@parvezsharma
#Gaddafi address to people of #Benghazi sounds like he is on hallucinogens. But it is also VERY ominous. This man kills. #Libya
5 minutes ago via web
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@der_bluthund
Ah #Gaddafi, the only way you will get our bullets is one at a time in your arse!
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#Breaking #Gaddafi tells Benghazi residents "we are coming tonight" and "there won't be any mercy" - Reuters #Libya
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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 18:55

8:43pm
Gaddafi says he has received thousands of phone calls from families in Benghazi, asking to be rescued.

He alleges that "they" want to make Libya "like Somalia", adding that Libya is a rich country, but the flow of oil has been stopped.

He has accused Qatar of fueling unrest in the country, and wanting Libya to "surrender it's dignity" to Qatar.

Gaddafi has also offered "amnesty" to "those who put down their weapons", adding that people who are fighting have been "fooled".

He said that fighters should put down their weapons and they would be safe - if they did not, they would be treated as "enemies".

8:41pm
Gaddafi says that those fighting in Benghazi are criminals who have been released from prison - that they are "drug addicts" and "murderers" who have been released and handed weapons to fight.

8:40pm
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is addressing residents of Benghazi via radio and television now.

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 19:04

Transcription (I think!)

Gaddafi wrote:8:46pm
"Throw away your arms and find a way out of the city, and then you are saved. Those young men who have been taken advantage of - those infidels who are attempting to burn down our country to the ground, we should have no mercy on them. Those are the traitors, used and abused by those infidels from Qatar, unfortunately, Kuwait and other countries. How stupid can you become to be taken advantage of to that extent in Benghazi? Now you're hungry and thirsty - we don't have a natural disaster like the one that happened in Japan recently ... but those infidels and traitors we promise to deal with. But the peaceful individuals of our people ... should put down their weapons, there is no danger. They should not feel unsafe. There is not a single officer in Benghazi who did not call us, who have been warning us that they have been threatened by people like Zarkawi of being slaughtered.

"Those who have been forced to follow those infidels ... those also will be forgiven, granted amnesty, those are my children, and we should not leave those children to distort the image of our country after such a bright history. You have been forced.

One of the companions of the prophets who was tortured who was forced to say he did not believe in the Prophet Muhammad, and he could not face the Prophet afterwards. And the Prophet said don't worry, God has forgiven you. Except those who were forced to utter things against their hearts. Even those of you who were forced to say things against myself, you are my children, and those in the special forces, the free officers of this country, you have sworn to defend the revolution of September. To fight the enemies. We are coming your rescue. And we will turn the sad situation into celebrations. We will wipe out this black page of our history.

"To all those honest, brave officers, members of the revolutionary committees, university students, and female revolutionary committees, get ready to rebel against those traitors. The world has to see this tomorrow... that Benghazi is not a city of traitors.

"Benghazi, I have liberated it myself earlier with my gun.

"Those, the people who we have seen from one of the city to the other. Destroy any fortified points that you can get to, and if they run away, you take their weapons and you can occupy them.

"The Jawazi tribes, those are brave tribes, we have been proud of. They have an honourable history before the whole world. Let the world witness one more good deed.

"From tonight, those who decide to flee, you take their weapons, and you keep them safe.

"Is it possible that each plane that flies crashes? Is that real? Can that happen?

"There is a cemetary that has been bombed. Is that possible? How can you bomb a cemetary? You are bombing dead people. Your grandparents are buried there. ...

"These planes are supposed to be liberating Palestine, or confronting imperialism. Is it possible that our planes are fighting each other? Is it real?

"All people should surround the traitors, to tell them that there is no way out.

"What indicates to us about this current enemy, where are they, where are they hiding, in what room? They are cheating you to tell you that a plane has been able to hit Bab Al-Aziziya, where I live. It has been the centre of celebrations."

They are finished, they are wiped out. From tomorrow you will only find our people. You all go out and cleanse the city of Benghazi. A small problem that has become an international issue. And they are voting on it tonight ... because they are determined. As I have said, we are determined. We will track them down, and search for them, alley by alley, road by road, the Libyan people all of them together will be crawling out. Massive waves of people will be crawling out to rescue the people of Benghazi, who are calling out for help, asking us to rescue them. We should come to their rescue.

"And I, Muammar Gaddafi, I will die for my people. With Allah's help.

"No more fear, no more hesitation, we are no longer reluctant. The moment of truth has come. If you see the cars with loudspeakers, destroy them, destroy their communications points that are spreading lies to you. Our children are the one's who have destroyed these planes.

"Just like Franco in Spain, who rolled into Madrid with external support. And they asked how did you manage to liberate Madrid? He said: 'There was a fifth column, the people of the city.' You are the fifth column within the city. This is the day on which we should liberate the city. We've been looking forward to that day. And tomorrow we will communicate again, and our cause will continue towards the south.

"With our bare chests and heads we were confronting the dangers, facing the challenge, we did not initiate this violence, they started it. Of course, these words will have an impact on the traitors and infidels. Tonight they will panic and they will collapse.

"You are capable of doing it. You are capable of achieving this. Let's set our women and daughters free from those traitors.

"God is great."

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Badboy on Thu 17 Mar - 19:07

THE NEARBY JABAL AKHDAR WAS A CENTRE OF RESISTANCE TO ITALIAN RULE DURING THE 1910S,GADDHAFI BETTER BE PREPARED FOR A LONG STRUGGLE

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 19:13

@Badboy wrote:THE NEARBY JABAL AKHDAR WAS A CENTRE OF RESISTANCE TO ITALIAN RULE DURING THE 1910S,GADDHAFI BETTER BE PREPARED FOR A LONG STRUGGLE

I think Gaddafi needs to prepare himself for a straight jacket, Badboy! And, like you, I don't think the people of Banghazi are going to give up 'just like that'!

9:07pm
Quite clear from that speech that Gaddafi says he intends to launch an operation on Benghazi tonight, and he would like the city taken by tomorrow. It is not immediately clear if this rhetoric, or if residents of the city are preparing for a possible assault.

9:02pm
Those quotes below, of course, are from Muammar Gaddafi's speech to the residents of Benghazi. Meanwhile, live pictures from Benghazi show massive crowds of people, chanting angry slogans in opposition to him.

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, says that there is a striking similarity between the statements made by Gaddafi and those made by Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, before he stepped down from power.

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 19:17

9:10pm
Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley in Benghazi says that he travelled as far as 50km outside of Benghazi a few hours ago, and saw no evidence of any pro-Gaddafi forces approaching the city.

Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught in Tripoli reports that just a little while before his radio address to Benghazi, Gaddafi had spoken to Lebanese television saying that he would not be launching any military operation on Benghazi in the immediate term.

She also reports that "it's impossible to know how many people really love him ... and how many people don't want him at all" because security forces control the capital.

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Badboy on Thu 17 Mar - 19:20

ch4 just now reporting from ajdabiyah,A PRO-GADDHAFI SOLDIER SAID TOMORROW ALL LIBYA
ANOTHER SAID TOMORROW BENGHAZI
FORCES ONLY HOURS FROM BENGHAZI

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Post  Panda on Thu 17 Mar - 19:37



There was supposed to be a meeting at 7.30pm this evening to ratify the UN Agreement. It"s not so much Gaddafi, it"s his Son I think is the danger

Also, in the Yemen there is fierce fighting and with Bahrain as well, the Middle East is a cauldron of revolt. It definitely looks to be a religious tribal
uprising Sunni versus shiite.

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 19:43

9:39pm
Citing sources in the French government, AFP reports that air raids on Libyan army positions could begin as soon as the UN Security Council approves the use of force in Libya.

"From the moment the resolution is adopted, military actions could begin in the hours that follow," a diplomatic source said.

9:35pm
The Associated Press reports that the closest known position of pro-Gaddafi ground forces to Benghazi is about 130km to the south.

9:26pm
Here's a screen grab from our live feed from Benghazi, where residents were both angry, but also in a celebratory mood, during and after Gaddafi's speech.



http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17


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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 20:05

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Al Arabiya: FIve countries will abstain from voting on the UN Libya resolution including South Africa, China & Russia
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AJE team at UN has draft annex to #Libya resolution: Travel ban on amb to Chad for "recruiting and coordinating mercenaries for the regime."
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France (and I guess other powers) are ready for airstrikes "within hours" of NFZ passing. #Libya
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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 20:08

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Aljazeera confirms that Gaddafi's forces have not captured Ajdabiya and revolutionaries are using jets against them #libya #feb17

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Post  Badboy on Thu 17 Mar - 20:15

GADDHAFI HAS NOW CLAIMED HE HAS CAPTURED BENGHAZI.

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 20:20

@SultanAlQassemi Al Arabiya correspondent in UN: There are now efforts to convince the countries that are abstaining to vote for the #Libya resolution
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The fact that Qaddafi didn't show his face on camera tonight suggests that he's afraid of revealing his location

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 20:28

10:23pm
A Libyan government spokesman says that any UN action against Libya would be "illegal and immoral". Mussa Ibrahim, the spokesman, said:

That would be illegal and immoral. It's an armed rebellion. Any country would've fought against that. They are basing their decision on media reports.

"This should not happen. It would harm the Libyan people. It would only strengthen our internal position because Libyans will have an external enemy and act as one."

10:15pm
AFP has released some excerpts from the draft UN resolution. They are reproduced below. The resolution:

Demands the immediate establishment of a ceasefire and a complete end to violence and all attacks against, and abuses of, civilians;

"Stresses the need to intensify efforts to find a solution to the crisis which responds to the legitimate demands of the Libyan people and notes the decisions of the Secretary-General to send his Special Envoy to Libya and of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to send its ad hoc High Level Committee to Libya with the aim of facilitating dialogue to lead to the political reforms necessary to find a peaceful and sustainable solution;

"Demands that the Libyan authorities comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law and take all measures to protect civilians and meet their basic needs, and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance;

"Authorises 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;

"Calls upon all member states, acting nationally or through regional organisations or arrangements, to provide assistance, including any necessary over-flight approvals, for the purposes of implementing" the no-fly zone.

"Calls upon all member states, in particular states of the region, acting nationally or through regional organisations or arrangements, in order to ensure strict implementation of the arms embargo established (by Resolution 1970) to inspect in their territory, including seaports and airports, and on the high seas, vessels and aircraft bound to or from the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya...

"Deplores the continuing flows of mercenaries into the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and calls upon all member states to comply strictly with their obligations under (Resolution 1970) to prevent the supply of armed mercenary personnel to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya;

"Decides that all states shall deny permission to any aircraft registered in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya or owned or operated by Libyan nationals or companies to take off from, land in or overfly their territory
unless the particular flight has been approved in advance by the Committee, or in the case of an emergency landing;

"Decides that all States shall deny permission to any aircraft to take off from, land in or overfly their territory, if they have information that provides reasonable grounds to believe that the aircraft contains items the
supply, sale, transfer, or export of which is prohibited ... including the provision of armed mercenary personnel, except in the case of an emergency landing;

"Decides that the asset freeze imposed by (Resolution 1970) shall apply to all funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Libyan authorities ... or by individuals or entities acting on their behalf or at their direction...

"Affirms its determination to ensure that assets frozen pursuant to (Resolution 1970) shall, at a later stage, as soon as possible be made available to and for the benefit of the people of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya."

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 21:25

10:51pm
The head of the Benghazi-based Libyan National Council says that the opposition's fighters will "stand firm" and not be deterred by Gaddafi's threats, Reuters reports.

10:41pm
Gaddafi did an interview with RTP, a Portuguese television station, this evening. In it, he said:

The Security Council has not got the right to interfere in the internal affairs of any state. It would be a flagrant colonisation, without any justification. A serious and grave [inaudible]. This is craziness, madness, arrogance. If the world gets crazy with us, we will get crazy too..."

Asked what he means by 'get crazy', Gaddafi said:

We will respond. We will make their lives hell, because they are making our lives hell. They will never have peace."

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-17

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Post  Badboy on Thu 17 Mar - 22:03

A PALESTINIAN BLOG HAS CLAIMED THAT ISRAEL IS BACKING GADDAFI.

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Post  Guest on Thu 17 Mar - 22:12

I think we might get the vote on this




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