Italy can't exclude naval blockade of Libya

Government majority motion mandates possible naval action

(updates previous).
    (ANSA) Rome, April 22 - Italy does not exclude imposing a naval blockade on Libya, according to a motion passed by coalition parties of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government in the upper house of parliament Wednesday.
    The motion, originally tabled in a watered-down version by the opposition conservative Forza Italia party, binds the government to urge the UN Security Council to "evaluate the opportunity to issue resolutions that allow the international community to apply measures in accord with what was established by articles 41 and 42 of the United Nations charter".
    Articles 41 and 42 speak explicitly of economic and naval blockades.
    A government coalition version of the motion cancelled part of the original text that explicitly forbade a naval blockade, parliamentary sources said.


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