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UN Libya vote a victory for French diplomacy

By Jan van der Made

The United Nations Security Council has voted for a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. With 10 votes in favour, zero against, and five abstentions, the result of the vote can be seen as a victory for French diplomacy. Behind the scenes lobbying resulted in abstentions of countries often opposed to western military action, notably China and Russia, two of the five permanent members that have the right to veto.

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