Slovakia is "restrained" about applying a no-fly zone over Libya without a mandate from the UN, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said on Thursday, March 10. Dzurinda was speaking ahead of a session of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers in Brussels convened by the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton. According to Dzurinda, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi must be diplomatically and economically isolated.
"It's our duty to continue to put pressure on Colonel Gaddafi and his regime. It's for him and his government to comprehend soon that they now have no prospects in this situation," Dzurinda said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Slovakia thus joined those countries that have taken a cautious approach towards introducing a no-fly zone over Libya. Dzurinda stressed, however, that if Gaddafi's behaviour goes beyond all boundaries, the international community must act.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Mar 2011 at 10:00