Libya declares immediate ceasefire as UN announces no-fly zone, British plans air attack

By on Mar 18, 2011 in Africa, Current Events, International, Politics, World Comments

Updated: March 19, 2011 5:51 p.m.

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Libyan government has declared an immediate ceasefire on Friday, March 18, 2011, as the United Nations Security Council announced a no-fly zone over Libya and British air forces reportedly plan to attack the country.

On Thursday night, UN was reported to have voted 10 to 0 with five abstentions, authorizing “states to take all necessary measures to protect (Libyan) civilians.”

According to international news sites, Libya foreign secretary Moussa Koussa appeared on state TV on Friday and declaring an immediate ceasefire in the country after UN voted for a no-fly over the country.

“We decided on an immediate ceasefire and on an immediate stop to all military operations,” Koussa said, noting that the Libyan government is taking great interest to protect civilians.

Libya is obliged to accept to UN Security Council‘s resolutions.” The country’s foreign secretary added, which he emphasized that the country is a UN member.

Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron told reports that Britain air force planes are now being prepared to attack Libya, which are expected to arrive the country within the next few hours.

But prior to that, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spoke on TV and heard on radio, warning Benghazi residents, particularly rebels against his government, that his forces will show “no mercy” once they will launch the attack.

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