Libyan officials have declared an immediate ceasefire following a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a no-fly zone over the embattled country.
Libya's foreign minister Moussa Koussa told reporters on March 18 that the government will stop all military operations against rebel forces. The announcement came a day after 10 nations voted in favor of a no-fly zone over Libya and committed to enforcing "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from dictator Moammar Gadhafi's attacks.
Among the nations that passed the resolution were the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Koussa said that Libya will abide by the UN sanctions in order to avoid the implementation of a no-fly zone, which he claimed will "increase the suffering of Libyan people and will have a negative impact on the general life of the Libyan people," according to media reports.
Although several veteran lawmakers, including Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), have pledged their support for a no-fly zone, a majority of Americans oppose U.S. military presence in Libya. A FOX News poll that was released on March 17 revealed that 65 percent of respondents said they were against U.S. involvement, while 25 percent supported it.
The survey showed that 70 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans oppose a military action in Libya.