Prime minister Mark Rutte has welcomed the UN security council decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya, Nos tv reports.
‘The resolution goes further than just setting up a no-fly zone. It makes tough measures to protect Libya’s citizens possible,’ Rutte’s spokesman said.
The security body resolution imposes a no-fly zone over Libya and ‘all necessary measures’ short of an invasion ‘to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas’.
The measure was approved by 10 of the 15 strong committee with five abstentions.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said it was a clear message to Libyan leader colonel Gaddafi to stop using violence against Libyans. ‘This will allow the international community to take action against him,’ Rosenthal said.
Nos says sources indicate the Netherlands has not been asked to take part in any military intervention. However, Rosenthal told Nos news later that the Netherlands is prepared to take part in some form, if the request is made.
For more on the UN resolution, see our international news section.
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