US lends support to Libya no-fly zone talks

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Washington, Mar 13: Amid the disaster in Japan that has rendered thousands homeless, the Libyan revolution had slowly slipped out of the international public's collective mind. But now with the devastation in Japan halted and the relief efforts being in full-swing, Libya is back in the limelight. At least that is what the US actions suggest.

The USA has given its support to a call by the Arab League for a UN no-fly zone over Libya. General Amir Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, on Mar 12, said that the league had decided that "serious crimes and great violations" committed by the Muammar Gaddafi regime against his people had stripped it of legitimacy.

Gaddafi has used his military to attack rebels by warplanes and crush the revolt against his 41-year old regime.

The US called the decision to enforce a no-fly zone an "important step", but didn't commit to any military action. Diplomats though do not rule out a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to vote on the issue.

Libya is in the midst of a massive unrest inspired from the ones in Egypt and Tunisia that took place earlier this year and eventually led to the toppling of decades-old regimes. Protesters who had some initial success in capturing certain region is Libya before being violently attacked by the country's army, are vying for President Gaddafi to step-down after ruling for 41 consecutive years.

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