Obama, UN Give Libya Ultimatum

President Obama addressed the nation this afternoon declaring to Muammar Qaddafi and pro government forces in Libya that all fighting and attacks on civilians must stop immediately and pull back from all besieged cities, or the Libyan government will face potential military action including the imposition of a No-Fly Zone. The President stopped short of saying that U.S. military personnel will be deployed in any occupying manner.  The President made his speech after the UN passed Resolution 1973 which called for “immediate action” and the “use of all necessary measures” to ensure compliance in the protection of Libyan civilians that have been fighting with pro-Qaddafi forces for the past few weeks.  The Libyan conflict has been by far the bloodiest of the recent political uprisings in the Middle East that have swept through the area since the beginning of February.  The resolution passed the Security Council with votes from the U.S., Great Britain, and France with Russia and China abstaining.  The resolution also had the endorsement of the Arab League. Upon the passing of the U.N. resolution it was reported that a cease-fire had been declared by Libya’s deputy foreign minister, however, incidents of  fighting were reported in the city of Misrata after this declaration.


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About H.J. Waukau

1st Year La Follette MIPA student
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