02 Mar '11, 2am

US urges Libyan no-fly zone

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the world to consider imposing a no-fly zone over Libya and condemning Muammar al-Gaddafi's bloody crackdown on civilian foes of his regime. Lawmakers approved the measure, which "applauds" demonstrators demanding democratic reforms and "strongly condemns" Gaddafi's response, without dissent amid growing frustration about deadly unrest in Libya. The symbolic resolution calls on Gaddafi "to desist from further violence, recognise the Libyan people's demand for democratic change, resign from his position and permit a peaceful transition to democracy." It also urges him "to cease the intimidation, harassment and detention of peaceful protestors, human rights defenders and journalists; to ensure civilian safety; and to guarantee access to human rights and humanitarian organisations." Additionally, it "...

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