UPDATE 3-US joins France, UK in urging swift UN Libya action

Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:04pm GMT

* Clinton hints U.S. may now support Libya no-fly zone

* Clinton: Arab League call for action caused 'sea change'

* France presses for Thursday vote on draft resolution (Adds Libyan envoy, French ambassador; paragraphs 4-5, 12-13)

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, March 16 (Reuters) - The United States, France and Britain on Wednesday urged the U.N. Security Council to take swift action on a proposed no-fly zone over Libya, as Washington suggested it might have decided to back the plan.

The Security Council met through the day behind closed doors to discuss a draft resolution authorizing a no-fly zone to halt Libyan government air strikes on rebels. But some council members, including veto powers Russia and China, are either undecided or have doubts.

British, French and Lebanese envoys distributed the draft on Tuesday after the Arab League called on the council to approve a no-fly zone in Libya. [ID:nN15272223]

Libya's deputy U.N. envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi, whose denunciation of leader Muammar Gaddafi last month inspired dozens of similar defections by Tripoli's diplomats worldwide, said there was no time for delays as Gaddafi's forces continue to pummel rebel forces in the east.

"The international community has to act within the next 10 hours," said Dabbashi. [ID:nN16185074]   Continued...

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