- Source: Bloomberg
- Title: Libya’s Prince Calls for No-Fly Zone, Not Military Intervention
- Date & Time: 1 March 2011
- Author: Caroline Alexander and Massoud A. Derhally
Libya’s Prince Calls for No-Fly Zone, Not Military Intervention
Libyan Prince Muhammad bin Sayyid Hassan as-Senussi called for foreign governments to limit their military intervention in the country to imposing a no-fly zone.
“A no-fly zone would be a huge step towards stopping the bloodshed,” the prince said in an e-mailed statement today. It will “bring some relief and some semblance of safety to my fellow Libyan people who fear the terror from the skies.”
Libyans don’t want foreign troops to stage an armed intervention on the ground, he said from London, where he has lived in exile since 1988. “That will not bring about the peace and freedom that we crave,” he said.
European nations have begun planning for a no-fly zone, with some members of the international community saying such a move must be approved by the United Nations Security Council. The European Union imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions yesterday, and the U.S. said it has frozen $30 billion in Libyan assets. The U.S. said refugee-aid teams were sent to the country’s borders, and that naval and air units are being repositioned in the Mediterranean for possible relief work.
As-Senussi said he has talked to military leaders in Libya “who have walked away” from leader Muammar Qaddafi, and that they all say a no-fly zone has to be put in place to ensure the regime can’t carry out aerial attacks against unarmed civilians.
He also said medics in Libya urgently need supplies to help thousands of injured people.
Unrest broke out in Libya late on Feb. 15 when the regime began rounding up people it said were organizing a mass anti- government protest on Feb. 17. In violence since then, at least 1,000 people have died, according to the UN.
“There is an enormous human disaster taking place in Libya,” the prince said. “People are suffering in unimaginable ways.”
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