Libyan government Friday decided to halt all military operations
against rebels in line with a UN resolution that imposed a no-fly
zone over the North African country, but Foreign Minister Moussa
Kusa stressed "great sadness" over the Security Council's decision.
Announcing an immediate ceasefire on all military operations against
rebels, Kusa said: "We also express great sadness towards imposing a
no-fly zone over Libya, including civil aviation."
Speaking at a press briefing in the capital Tripoli, Kusa also said
Libya was open to a dialogue with opposition forces, DPA reported.
On Thursday, after weeks of discussions, the UN Security Council
banned flights in Libya's airspace and authorised "all necessary
means" to implement the ban.
The UN move and the support of Arab governments for the measure
provided the two key conditions the NATO asked for before it would
enter the fray against Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
In an unusual action, the council authorised not only organisations
but also individual countries working together to use "all necessary
means" to take action to end Gaddafi's military crackdown on
The announcement of a ceasefire came after the international
community Friday began discussing all measures, including military
action, against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces to enforce a
The US and European officials said air attacks against Gaddafi's
forces were possible "within hours", according to the Wall Street
On Thursday, the UN Security Council called for other "necessary
measures" to protect the civilians in Libya. The resolution,
however, excluded "an occupation force" in Libya.
The resolution was adopted with 10 voting in favour and five
abstentions, Xinhua reported.
On Thursday, the 15-member Security Council had voted 10-0 to
authorise the no-fly zone in the north African country.
While India, China, Brazil, Germany and Russia abstained, the
measure was backed by Bosnia, Colombia, France, Gabon, Lebanon,
Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Britain and the US.