Entries in Easter Libya (2)


UN Votes to End No Fly Zone Over Libya

ABC News(NEW YORK) – Now that Gadhafi is dead, the NATO bombing campaign in Libya is coming to an end.

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to end the no-fly zone over Libya on October 31st.

Libya's new government had asked the Security Council to keep the no-fly zone in place to prevent any possible advance by Gadhafi loyalists, but diplomats said it is now time for Libyans to "own the process" of governing themselves.

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US Sending Disaster Relief Teams to Libya, Diplomats to Benghazi

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- National Security Adviser Tom Donilon Thursday announced that the U.S. would “soon be sending disaster assistance relief teams into eastern Libya.”

Donilon emphasized that “these are humanitarian-assistance teams. They are not going in any way, shape or form as military operations. They go in with the cooperation of the authorities who are running the operations on the ground in eastern Libya, and it can in no way, shape or form be seen as military intervention.” The DART teams, he said, will not be “going in with military or security personnel” but will be doing so “with the permission and the cooperation of the local entities now who are in de facto control of areas in eastern Libya.”

To that end, Donilon said the U.S. is “prepared to send diplomats to Benghazi to engage the opposition inside Libya. This will be helpful to our understanding of the situation on the ground and allow us to facilitate humanitarian assistance.”

National Security Adviser Donilon said that his “rough estimate is that half the population of Libya are no longer under regime control, but rather under the control of areas where the opposition is providing governance.” He called Moammar Gadhafi “isolated.”

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