UN Security Council to meet again on Libya on Thursday

09:03, March 17, 2011      

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday met behind closed doors to discuss the issue of a no-fly zone over Libya, and the 15 Council members decided to meet again on the issue on Thursday morning, diplomats told Xinhua.

The Security Council will meet at the experts level at 9:00 a.m. DST on Thursday and closed consultations among ambassadors will begin at 11:00 a.m. DST on Thursday, the diplomats said.

The Council members went over a draft resolution presented by Lebanon, a non-permanent member of the Council, which called for the authorization of a no-fly zone over Libya.

Amendments were made to the draft resolution during the closed consultations on Wednesday, and the Council members will report back to their capitals before they resume the meeting on Thursday.

Diplomats from France and Britain, the co-authors of the draft, told reporters that they will not accept a resolution that is less strong than Resolution 1970, which was unanimously adopted on Feb. 26 to impose sanctions on Libya, including an arms embargo against the Libyan authorities and travel ban and asset freeze directed at Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his key family members.

Earlier on Wednesday, UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called on all parties in the Libyan conflict to "accept an immediate ceasefire," saying that "those responsible for the continuous use of military forces against civilians will be held accountable."

Source: Xinhua
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