Libya has brushed off the UN resolution. At a news conference in Tripoli, the deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim said the country would deal positively with it, and he thanked nations who abstained from the vote.
He said Libya had offered a ceasefire, saying it could happen immediately – although the “technicalities” he said would need to be worked out with the UN.
The government’s intention, and that of the police and armed forces, was the protection of civilians everywhere in the country, he insisted.
If the international community armed the rebels, he said, countries would be “inviting Libyans to kill each other”.
But with the resolution passed; those in favour of action have the momentum and the backing they need.
Afterwards, Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy spoke on the phone about implementing the no-fly zone.
After the news conference in Tripoli, a small but boisterous crowd of Gaddafi supporters draped in green flags stormed the hotel where it took place, which is also where most foreign media are staying.
“You can’t take our oil,” one said, “first you have to take our blood”.