The latest draft resolution on Libya under discussion at the United Nations calls for “all necessary measures short of an occupation force” to protect civilians under threat of attack, Britain said on Thursday, as NATO warned that time was “running out” to stop Muammar Gaddafi from prevailing
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe headed for New York to press for tough action by the 15-nation council and the United States has warned that a no-fly zone may not be strong enough.
France wants the U.N. Security Council to vote no later than Thursday evening on a resolution authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and stepped-up sanctions, French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud said.
“I would say that we are asking for a vote at 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT),” he told reporters. “You know the United Nations, it can drift but we are going to ask for a vote at 6:00 p.m.”