March 15th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

U.N. remains divided on Libya no-fly zone

Richard Roth and Joe Vaccarello

United Nations (CNN) - The U.N. Security Council is considering a new draft resolution that includes a no-fly zone over Libya and additional economic and political sanctions.

But council nations remain divided on the no-fly zone proposal.

Germany's U.N. ambassador said his country has questions about such a zone. India's U.N. ambassador asked, "Who will implement the no-fly zone? Who would provide assets for it?"

China's U.N. ambassador said his country is concerned about deteriorating conditions in Libya but didn't say whether Beijing backs a no-fly measure.

The United States declined to take a public position. A council diplomat said the U.S. is engaged in negotiations on the text.

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  1. saltysailor

    It's a tough decision, are they in a civil war? Do we know that they are bombing innocent civilians or armed opponents with collateral damage? Do we want to get involved by taking sides in a civil war? Trust me, I would LOVE to roll through there with everything we have and take Gadaffi out, but then again isn't that how we felt about Saddam and how is the sentiment now about our occupation of Iraq? Remember, he gassed how many thousands of Kurds which amounted to genocide?

    Yes we have Navy ships off of their coast but no carrier to enforce a no fly zone, we are stretched to our limit. We have the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group in the Arabian Gulf with the USS Enterprise enroute to relieve them. The Enterprise has been re-routed back through the Suez to monitor the situation in Libya. The Lincoln is on it's way back from an Arabian Gulf deployment. The Washington returned from a 3 week deployment and is stationed in Japan, they are continually underway in southeast asia. Reagan deployed a month ago from SD to relieve Enterprise in the Gulf, oh but wait, Enterprise was to relieve Vinson but is now enroute to Libya and Reagan has been re-routed to Japan for Humanitarian Relief. The brand new George Bush is on a tether and is available to fill a gap. There are four carriers in maintenance availabilities that stretch for a number of months to years.

    Think again when you want to vote to cut the military's budget, we need to maintain a 12 carrier fleet, we are at 11 and will soon go to 10. Every time there is an issue in the world they send a carrier, whether it's humanitarian assistance such as Thailand, Haiti, Japan or political unrest such as Taiwan, North Korea, Iran, Libya. Also when you cut the military's budget you generally cut American jobs.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  2. Melissa

    I would like to ask all the people with influence, to use their media power to help the people of Libya before it is too late. By the time the U.N. figures out how to word the proposition, it will be too late. I guess that's what they mean by- all talk, no action.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    The longer the UN takes to decide on a no-fly zone the more time they give Gadhafi to regain control and he is not wasting that time. If he gets control of all the places the rebels have been able to gain dominance then it will be all over except for Gadhafi's retribution. Somebody at the UN needs to speed the process up.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  4. Patty

    Deplorable, shameful, inhuman, short sightedn craven. Am absolutely disgusted with countries turning away from helping Libya gain its freedom from the criminal regime that has plundered the country's wealth and oppressed its people for 41 years. Cowardly immoral inaction.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm |