Alaa Shahine and Zainab Fattah
Feb 26, 2011
The United Nations will debate imposing sanctions on Libya today after Muammar Qaddafi told loyalists he’s prepared to arm them to fight opposition forces holding the eastern part of the country.
“When needed, all the weapons stores will be opened,” Qaddafi told a crowd in Tripoli’s Green Square. In New York, Libya’s ambassador to the UN, Mohammed Shalgham, pleaded for the Security Council to act and “save Libya.”
With French President Nicolas Sarkozy saying it’s time for Qaddafi to go, the U.S. and its allies are working out how to oust an Arab leader eight years after the invasion of Iraq sparked a wave of anti-Western sentiment. Britain and France yesterday circulated a draft resolution that would impose an arms embargo on Libya and would refer reported violence to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The Security Council has scheduled a meeting for 11 a.m. in New York for further talks on the text.
“There isn’t a clear end-game here,” Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, said in a telephone interview. “There isn’t a rebel army marching on Tripoli attempting to take it over from Qaddafi.”