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Senior Legislator Welcomes Imposing No-Fly Zone over Libya

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TEHRAN, March 16 (ICANA) – Head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi welcomed some Arab countries' agreement with imposing a no-fly zone over the Libyan airspace in a move to deter Qaddafi's air raids on the people.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:27:54 AM
Senior Legislator Welcomes Imposing No-Fly Zone over Libya

"Declaring a no-fly-zone in Libya is a step forward due to the crimes committed by Qaddafi against his nation, which are against Islamic, humane and international law principles," Boroujerdi said on Tuesday.

London and Paris are drawing up a UN Security Council resolution on Libya that includes a no-fly zone, and won support Saturday from the Arab League.

In a no-fly zone, the US and NATO warplanes would ground Qaddafi's air power in order to protect civilians and the opposition, but hundreds of planes would likely be needed to police the skies over Libya's vast territory.

The UN Security Council held a closed door session on Monday to discuss the developments in Libya arising from a popular unrest against autocratic leader Muammar Qaddafi, including a proposal to enforce a no-fly-zone to prevent pro-Qaddafi forces from using air raids to quell the uprising.

During the session, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon's envoy to the UN, briefed the 15-member Security Council on the Arab League's decision taken on Saturday to back the enforcement of the proposed no-fly zone over Libya. Lebanon, the only Arab representative in the council, had called for the meeting.

Nevertheless, differences between council members appear to have delayed a decision over the no-fly-zone, with several countries, particularly Russia, expressing reservations on the move and demanded more clarifications from nations that proposed the action.

After the three-hour long closed meeting in New York, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters that the supporters of the proposed no-fly-zone needed to provide more answers before his country could take a decision on the measure.

"As far as we are concerned, some fundamental questions need to be answered, not just what we need to do, but how it's going to be done. If there is a No-Fly Zone, who is going to implement a No-Fly Zone? How is the No-Fly Zone is going to be implemented?" Churkin asked. "Unfortunately, so far the answers to those questions have not been provided by the main proponents of this proposal."

Many world states are afraid that the no-fly-zone initiative might serve as a pretext for the US and its western allies to launch an invasion or start long-term deployment of troops in the Arab country.

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