U.N. Security Council No Fly Zone Adopted Libya
Libya resolution: UN security council air strikes vote – live
6.36pm ET: Muammar Gaddafi has already made his feelings known, telling the Portuguese TV channel RTP that the UN resolution was an act of “flagrant colonization” for which it had no legal mandate:
This is craziness, madness, arrogance. If the world gets crazy with us we will get crazy too. We will respond. We will make their lives hell because they are making our lives hell. They will never have peace.
There we are: Muammar Gaddafi threatens to “get crazy”.
6.33pm ET: Here’s the result: 10 in favour, zero against, five abstentions. So the vote went exactly as predicted. “The resolution 1973/2011 is adopted.,” says the chairman.
Now there are more statements. Lebanon to speak first.
6.32pm ET: No other members wish to speak.
The resolution is being put to the vote now. That’s very quick moving by the security council.
6.24pm ET: Finally, the meeting is called to order, and the agenda is adopted. In these situations the UN security council appears to be something like a council meeting, all agendas and points of order.
The first speaker to introduce the resoltuion is Alain Juppé, the great survivor of French politics now back as minister of foreign affairs after the resignation of Michèle Alliot-Marie, who famously went on holiday for in Tunisia during the protests there.
Juppé is careful to mention that the idea of a no-fly zone is endorsed by many governments in the region, including the Arab League, and urges the adoption of the resolution.
“We are ready and willing to act together with members, including the Arab members,” Juppé tells the council, concluding:
“Each day, each hour, increases the weight on our shoulders. We must not wait.”
6.15pm ET: Nine votes are needed tonight for the Libya resolution to pass the security council – the Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill thinks it will be 10 for, with five abstentions: