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Diplomacy with muscle for Libya?

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Diplomacy with muscle for Libya?


Two American amphibious assault ships passed through the Suez Canal on their way to waters off Libya.

The visual build up of force is not a green light for military intervention. There is little consensus on that among western powers, at the moment they are watching and talking.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I do think it is the job of the leaders in the Western world in particular to prepare for all eventualities, and all the things that might happen, particularly if Colonel Gaddafi unleashes more things on his own people. And on those grounds, yes I think we should, and we are, looking at plans for a no-fly zone, and I was particularly heartened by what Secretary of State Clinton said. She said ‘a no fly zone is an option we are actively considering’, these issues are being discussed in the North Atlantic Council.”

The Arab League has said it could impose a “no fly” zone. Secretary-General Amr Moussa confirmed it was one of the steps they could take in cooperation with the African Union.

“The Arab League will not stand with its hands tied while the blood of our brothers in Libza is spilt,” he said.

The Arab League has suspended the membership of Muammar Gaddafi’s government.

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