The resolution imposes a no-fly zone over the African state and authorizes possible military action except for ground forces.© REUTERS/
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The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution on Libya.
The resolution imposes a no-fly zone over the African state and authorizes possible military action except for ground forces. It also freezes assets of Libyan oil companies and the country's Central Bank.
It authorizes "to take all necessary measures... to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamhariya, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force," the UN News Center said.
Under the resolution, the UN member states will not authorize Libyan planes to take off, land or fly in their airspace, if the flight was not approved by the Security Council's sanctions committee.
The no-fly zone regime would not apply to planes delivering humanitarian cargo and evacuating foreigners from Libya.
With nine votes and no veto required for adoption, the resolution secured 10 votes in favor and zero against. Five states, including veto-wielding Russia and China, abstained.
The draft resolution 1973 was put forward by Lebanon, the United Kingdom, France and the United States and it took three days to debate the wording.
Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said preparations for the vote were "not in line with the existing Security Council practices," but Russia did not veto the resolution, acting in accordance with basic UN principles, which urge protection of civilians.
He said that Russia's "specific and absolutely logical questions concerning the maintenance of the no-fly zone regime and rules for the use of force" were left unanswered.
"We consistently and firmly support the unconditional protection of civilians. In accordance with this essential principle and humanitarian values it shares with co-authors of the project and other Security Council members, Russia did not hamper the adoption," the Russian diplomat said.
Churkin said that another resolution, proposed by Russia on March 16 stressed the need of peace settlement in Libya, and expressed regret that some Security Council members preferred "forceful measures" to peace settlement.
He also said the original wording of the document was changed to the point where it did not correspond with the original concept.
"The text included clauses paving the way for a large-scale military intervention," he said.
France, the United Kingdom, Qatar and the U.A.E. may carry out airstrikes on forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi early on Friday, hours after the Security Council vote. A British government source earlier said that British forces could be in action over Libya as early as Friday, if the resolution is agreed
Libya warned on Thursday that any foreign military intervention would put air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean area under threat, as it would hit both civilian and military targets.
Mass riots demanding the end of the regime of the country's strongman, Muammar Gaddafi, have been raging in Libya since mid-February. On Thursday, Gaddafi said the confrontation between authorities and the rebellious opposition would end very soon.
MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti)
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- avatar_singhrussia and china are doomed now.05:12, 18/03/2011insted of asking usa andbritian to show how much are they caringabout saudi and bahrain civiliands who are being shot at with full support of anglosaxons the russias succemd to the pressure of anglosaxon-their staunch enemies -ato abandon russian freind-
no wonder enemies of russia are hapoy to see russia go down eso easily as here..
Mar 18, 2011
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South Stream may disappear
By Robert M Cutler
MONTREAL - The Russian newspaper Kommersant this week quoted Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin to the effect that the South Stream project, long touted by the Kremlin, may be abandoned in favor of a trans-Black Sea liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. He seems to have neglected to inform South Stream's project head, Marcel Kramer, who told the press that his own marching orders had not been modified.
The South Stream natural gas pipeline project has over the years never determined an unambiguous route and has been continually revised. In its most recent incarnation, it would go from Russia under the Black Sea to either Romania or Bulgaria (still not finally decided), then through Serbia and Hungary into Austria, possibly with one or two spurs passing through Slovenia.
A recent variant added the proposition of an additional spur now
what i wrote way back in 2007 still holds true more now-substitue iran with libya.
" RUSSIA NOT REALIZE THAT IF EVER IRAN IS ATTACKED AND DEFEATED BY USA ATHEN RUSSIA WILL LOSE ALL STATUS AND PRESTIGE OF EVEN THIRD RATE PWOER INT HE WORLD AND THEN NO COUNTRY WILL BE WIILING TO BE ON SIDE OF RUSSIABECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO BE WITH A STRONG SCOUNTRY WHO CAN ORDER AND MANAGE THE AGENDA AS AMERICA IS TRYING TO DO AND THEN RUSSIA WILL BE =DESTROYED AS IS THE VERY INSTEDSION OF USA?
RUSSIA MUST NOT LET USA SCORE3 ANY MORE POINT ANYWHERE LET ALONE IN IRAN OTHERWISE RUSSIA IS FINISHED EVEN AS A COUNTRY .
iran and russia.
If russia follishly stop busher plant work or does not support iran a=verses the west then russia will be doomed as well because then resurgent west ,which has ben ploting against russia too,will have ecicircled and weakned russia.and russia will have no friend to look to when it is under pressure from the west.
thertefore russia must support all the countries who have stod fagainst angloamerican evil -only by this method russia and other countries can maintain their indepdence.
New ties between Russia and Japan would mark not only a breakthrough in their relations but also a significant shift in Northeast Asia’s political dynamic. Both are secondary players in a region overshadowed by an increasingly assertive China, which has not hesitated to push against the boundaries of its neighbors.