15 Mar '11, 7pm

G8 drops plans for Libya military intervention

G8 drops plans for Libya military intervention

PARIS - Group of Eight powers Tuesday dropped proposals for military intervention to end bombardments in Libya and turned to the United Nations to increase the pressure on its ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi with tougher economic sanctions. A drive by France and Britain to impose a no-fly zone over Libya failed to win round the United States, Russia and other European Union powers, in particular Germany, diplomats said, and the G8 power bloc kicked the problem back to the UN Security Council. Diplomats at the UN said separately that the main powers on the Security Council expect to distribute a draft resolution for tougher sanctions against Libya to all council members on Tuesday. G8 foreign ministers "agreed that the UN Security Council should increase the pressure, including through economic measures, for Muammar al-Gaddafi to leave," said the French minister Alain Juppe. "Mini...

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