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Noy says no to UN no fly zone support By Michaela P. del Callar and Aytch S. del Callar 03/22/2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Noy says no to UN no fly zone support

By Michaela P. del Callar and Aytch S. del Callar 03/22/2011

The British government urged the Philippines yesterday to strongly support a United Nations Security Council resolution allowing allied forces to launch military strikes against Moammar Gadhafi but the Aquino administration stopped short of condemning the Libyan leader as it made a final plea to Filipino workers to leave the besieged North African nation.

United Kingdom Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie met with the Foreign Affairs Underecretary Erlinda Basilio at the Department of Foreign Affairs to brief the government on Britain’s action to implement UN Security Council Reso-lution 1973 and asked the Aquino administration to offer its “strong support.”
“We must not stand aside while a dictator murders his own people. It is important now for the whole international community including the Philippines to support the implementation of the resolution,” Lillie told reporters after the meeting.

Avoiding an overtly hostile position, the DFA said in a statement that it abides by the UN Security Council decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan airspace “as a member of the UN and a signatory of the UN Charter. The DFA state-ment did not mention Gadhafi by name or referred to the allied forces military strikes that have been launched against Gadhafi’s forces to enforce the no-fly zone order..... MORE

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