The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone over Libya as Washington is preparing the ground for military intervention in the oil-rich country.
The symbolic resolution, passed on Tuesday, “urges the United Nations Security Council to take such further action as may be necessary to protect civilians in Libya from attack, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone over Libyan territory.”
It also calls on embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi “to desist from further violence, recognize the Libyan people’s demand for democratic change, resign his position and permit a peaceful transition to democracy,” AFP reported.
The US Senate Armed Services Committee has announced that all options, including the military option, should be on the table.
Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Washington is looking at a full range of options for crisis-hit Libya.
On Monday, the United States positioned naval and air forces around Libya as the Libyan regime continued to attack the opposition.
The United States, Britain, and France have also sent hundreds of Special Forces to eastern Libya, who are setting up bases in the cities of Benghazi and Tobruk.
Meanwhile, NATO countries have failed to reach a unanimous agreement on any military intervention in troubled Libya, apparently due to concerns over the possibility of a backlash from Arab states in the region.
Many observers believe that the West is concerned about the safety of Libya’s oil reserves — the largest in North Africa — not the country’s people.
The revolution in the North African oil-rich nation has also led to a significant hike in the global oil prices.
The Libyan revolution, inspired by the recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, sparked nearly two weeks ago.
Brutal crackdown by the Libyan regime on anti-government protesters has left thousands of people dead so far.