GCC foreign ministers call for no-fly zone over Libya

March 8, 2011

The foreign ministers of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held their 118th ordinary meeting in Abu-Dhabi yesterday evening. Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the session. In a statement issued afterwards, the GCC states called for a no-fly zone to be imposed over Libya in order to protect civilians. The ministers condemned the Libyan government’s crimes against its people carried out with heavy weapons, live bullets and foreign mercenaries. They called upon the Libyan authorities to immediately stop using force against civilians, facilitate the arrival of humanitarian aid and allow the aspirations of the Libyan people to be realized. The statement also said that an urgent Arab League meeting will soon be convened to discuss Libya.