UN Security Council voted, on Thursday night, a resolution authorizing an air exclusion area and any other measures necessary – including a military action – to protect civilians against armed forces of Qaddafi. The resolution leaves allies with the possibility to conduct air strikes against Libyan military objectives.
Ten out of 15 states in the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution while China, Russia and Germany abstained. There were no votes against the resolution. The decision of the Security Council triggered joy among anti-Gaddafi protesters at Benghazi, Al Jazeera reads.
Reactions shortly after the decision
US President, British PM and French President decided to coordinate the next steps and collaborate with Arab partners and other international organizations to ensure the implementation of the UN resolution in Libya.
European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek declared that he is relieved that the UN decided to adopt concrete resolutions to cease attrocities committed by Gaddafi against his people. He congratulated all countries for promoting, actively, a ferm reaction of the international community against the crimes committed by Qaddafi.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU Foreign Affairs representative, Catherine Aston declared that they completely agree with the UN resolution that will cease violence, attacks and abuses against civilians.
Italy is ready to offer its military bases to implement the UN Security Council resolution, a governmental source declared, quoted by Reuters.
Canada will sent six CF 18 planes for the establishment of the air exclusion area as the UN Security Council resolution calls for.
Libyais ready to negotiate with the rebells but plans to discuss in detail the terms of compromise, deputy of the Foreign Affairs minister Khaled Kaaim declared quoted by France Presse.
Great Britain: British PM David Cameron called a government meeting on Friday to address a declaration in front of the Parliament on the Libyan situation.
Germany: On Friday morning, Germany announced that it will not send any soldier to Libya as the German government is not convinced that a military intervention is an option.
Brazil: Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti declared that Brazil was not convinced that the use of force will end violence.
Russia: Ambassador Vitali Ciurkin said that it is regrettable that passion for the use of violence prevailed in the UN Security Council.