17 MAR 2011
UK welcomes the US accepting to impose no-fly zone on Libya
Britain on Thursday hailed a "change in the position" of the United States on Libya and urged immediate action to stop Moummar Gaddafi's forces, piling on pressure for a UN vote on a no-fly zone.
"There has been a significant change in the position of the White House," Alistair Burt, a British Foreign Office minister with special responsibility for the Middle East, told BBC radio. "We obviously appreciate that the United States does realise the urgency of the situation."
The situation in Libya "makes it imperative that something is done and something is done today," he said, adding he hoped there would be a vote on a resolution at the UN Security Council in New York later on Thursday.
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