The speed of the ceasefire announcement has left many pondering on the tactics of Muammer Gaddafi.
Immediately after the UN no-fly declaration the Libyan defence ministry threatened to attack maritime and air traffic in the Mediterranean.
Despite the ceasefire, British Prime Minister, David Cameron remains focused on ending the violence against the civilian population: “We will judge him by his actions and not his words. What is absolutely clear is the United Nations Security Council resolution says he must stop what he is doing – brutalising his people; if not all necessary measures can follow to make him stop.”
The French, who have been most pro-active in pushing for a fly zone, believe Gaddafi cannot be trusted.
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Foreign affairs spokesman Bernard Valero said: “I would recommend to anyone to be very cautious with a statement made by Gaddafi. If you remember what he has said over the last three weeks, and especially I would like to remind you of the terrible threats he has issued against his own people, it was not only words but also crimes.”
Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy head, spoke of the EU’s role in increasing pressure on the colonel.
“What is key to the EU is that we look at what we can do to strengthen the economic sanctions and intensify our humanitarian support for the people of Libya. I was extremely pleased that the resolution made an explicit mention of sanctions against Libyan oil assets,” she said in a speech in Brussels.