New York, Oct 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti): The UN Security Council Thursday ended the no-fly zone over Libya.
All 15 UNSC members voted unanimously to lift the ban imposed March 17 to protect civilians.
The draft resolution was co-sponsored by Russia and Britain.
"This resolution draws a line under the dramatic events of the past several months in Libya," Vitaly Churkin, Russia's envoy to the UN, said.
Russia criticised NATO's airstrikes in Libya, accusing the alliance of breaching UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 imposing sanctions on Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
The French and British envoys to the UN said there were technical impediments to ending the no-fly zone immediately, suggesting the Libyan authorities were not as yet ready to take control.
A Libyan interim leader, Ibrahim Dabbashi, earlier told the 15-nation council that Libya's people were "looking forward to terminating the no-fly zone over Libya as well as terminating the mandate accorded by Security Council resolution 1973 to protect civilians as soon as possible."