March 17, 2011 / 2:23 PM / in 9 years

UN Libya draft calls for all necessary measures-UK

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - 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.

“The (draft U.N. Security Council) resolution that is under discussion today includes demands for an immediate ceasefire, a complete end to violence, a ban on all flights in Libyan air space with the exception of humanitarian flights,” Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament.

“It calls for all necessary measures short of an occupation force to protect civilians under threat of attack, including in Benghazi,” he said.

The draft resolution also includes measures to deny Libyan planes permission to take off, land or overfly the territory of U.N. member states, Hague said. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Olesya Dmitracova)

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