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Libya - Letter from the French President to the Heads of State and Government of the members of the Security Council

16 march 2011

On March 12, the Council of Ministers of the League of Arab States, in an extraordinary meeting in Cairo, adopted a resolution calling in solemn and urgent terms, for the United Nations Security Council to assume its full responsibilities concerning events in Libya.

It affirmed the crucial need to respect international humanitarian law and called for "an end to the crimes and exactions perpetrated against the Libyan people, in particular use of fighter planes and heavy weapons against demonstrators".

It called on Gaddafi’s troops to "pull out of the cities and regions it has entered by force and guarantee the rights of the Libyan people to realise their aspirations and build their future and institutions in a democratic framework."

The Council of the Arab League called on the United Nations Security Council, more particularly, "to take all necessary steps to impose immediately a no-fly zone for Libyan military aircrafts." and requested that it take "preventive measures enabling the protection of Libyan people or those residing in Libya and nationals of various other countries."

In its resolution 1970 of 26 February 2011, the Security Council already considered that "the widespread and systematic attacks currently taking place against civilian populations may amount to crimes against humanity".

Through this resolution, the Council "demanded an immediate end to the violence and called for steps to fulfil the legitimate demands of the population".

Since 26 February, the Libyan regime has ignored the unanimous demands of the Council and has continued its murderous actions against its population.

It is high time for the international community, through the Security Council, to pull together in order to draw the logical conclusions from this situation and respond without delay to the urgent appeal of the League of Arab States. For this purpose, Lebanon has circulated a draft resolution.

France solemnly calls on all the members of the Security Council to fully shoulder their responsibilities and give support to this initiative.

Together, we can save the martyred people of Libya. It is now a matter of days, if not hours. The worst would be that the appeal of the League of the Arab States and the Security Council decisions be overruled by the force of arms.

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