Implementing UN Security Council Resolutions on Libya

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 25, 2011

More:Background Briefing on North Atlantic Council (NAC) Discussions on Libya

President Barack Obama convened his national security team today at the White House. Following the meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said:

"...I want to give you an update on the international community's efforts to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 and protect the civilians of Libya. Events have moved very quickly, so let's be clear about where we stand and how we got here. When the Libyan people sought to realize their democratic aspirations, they were met by extreme violence from their own government. The Libyan people appealed to the world to help stop the brutal attacks on them, and the world listened. The Arab League called for urgent action.

"In response, the UN Security Council mandated all necessary measures to protect civilians, including a no-fly zone. But the regime's forces continued their assaults, and last weekend they reached Benghazi itself. We faced the prospect of an imminent humanitarian disaster. Hundreds of thousands of civilians were in danger. So an international coalition was compelled to act. French planes were the first to reach the skies over Benghazi. Cruise missiles from the United States and the United Kingdom followed, striking the region -- the regime's air defenses and clearing the way for allied aircraft to implement the no-fly zone.

"Many other nations have now joined this effort. After only five days, we have made significant progress. A massacre in Benghazi was prevented, Qadhafi's air force and air defenses have been rendered largely ineffective, and the coalition is in control of the skies above Libya. Humanitarian relief is beginning to reach the people who need it. For example, just today, we learned that at least 18 doctors and nurses from an organization funded by the United States Agency for International Development had arrived in Benghazi and were beginning to provide support to the city's main hospital.

"Qadhafi's troops have been pushed back, but they remain a serious threat to the safety of the people. From the start, President Obama has stressed that the role of the U.S. military would be limited in time and scope. Our mission has been to use America's unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and to assist in meeting urgent humanitarian needs. And as expected, we're already seeing a significant reduction in the number of U.S. planes involved in operations as the number of planes from other countries increase in numbers.

"Today we are taking the next step. We have agreed, along with our NATO allies, to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO. All 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operations plan for NATO to take on the broader civilian protection mission under Resolution 1973.

"NATO is well-suited to coordinating this international effort and ensuring that all participating nations are working effectively together toward our shared goals. This coalition includes countries beyond NATO, including Arab partners, and we expect all of them to be providing important political guidance going forward.

"We have always said that Arab leadership and participation is crucial. The Arab League showed that leadership with its pivotal statement on Libya. They joined the discussions in Paris last weekend on implementation, and we are deeply appreciative of their continuing contributions, including aircrafts and pilots from Qatar.

"This evening, the United Arab Emirates announced they are joining the coalition and sending planes to help protect Libyan civilians and enforce the no-fly zone. We welcome this important step. It underscores both the breadth of this international coalition and the depth of concern in the region for the plight of the Libyan people.

"In the days ahead, as NATO assumes command and control responsibilities, the welfare of those civilians will be of paramount concern. This operation has already saved many lives, but the danger is far from over. As long as the Qadhafi regime threatens its people and defies the United Nations, we must remain vigilant and focused.

"To continue coordinating with our partners and charting the way forward, I will travel to London to attend an international conference on Tuesday, convened by the United Kingdom. Our military will continue to provide support to our efforts to make sure that Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 will be enforced.

"This is an important effort that has garnered the support and the active participation of nations who recognize the significance of coming together in the international community, through the United Nations, to set forth a clear statement of action to be taken in order to protect innocent civilians from their own government. It is an effort that we believe is very important, and we'll look forward to coordinating closely with all those nations that are participating. Thank you very much."

You can also read the Secretary's remarks here.

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palgye
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South Korea
March 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Citizen of Italy to Libya to support the European and American allies ... That's a lot of support If we win, thanks also to the Italian prime minister is thought to convey the greetings.

palgye
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South Korea
March 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Italia

to help, citizen of Libya , support the European and American allies ... That's a lot of support If we win, thanks also to the Italian prime minister is thought to convey the greetings.For his political and personal life, I do not know, but for democracy in Libya to help the militia, in cooperation with the United States and Europe for assistance, and must always think in my mind think. At first, when both were hesitant to face, one person, others weighed in first psychological victory for the crowd to participate, but also seemed like genuine collaborators think. I do not know about politics and international relations, help, help I think. Italy's domestic politics, the choice of the people think. Everything on the same basis, to measure, is sometimes considered a risk. Sometimes ...

Floating the idea that while the game has gone up ... France too politically risky, but the Libyan democratic process to help him become a possibility to eliminate the difficult, but the Italians personal desires regarding the problem, but unconditionally bad, talking, getting rid of, rather than the Italian public opinion once again Provides an opportunity to ask you, was thinking about you. Here's the story of Italian politics that reason, I do not know.

just, so......................................

Ashim C.
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India
March 25, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

US need to categorically say that US is not eyeing for Libyan oil reserves in the curreent UN sponsored resolution against Gaddafi.

In many countries with substantial muslim population oil card is readily used to define the rationale behind US foreign affairs goal. This happened in Kuwait and later in Iraq. US must explain how oil industry in these and other countries have remained independendent and declare in advance that US does not and cannot take over oil business and in fact facing competition from other emerging economies like China India etc.

In the same breath it must also say many countries in UNSC compromised on principles of UN by abstaining from voting on UNSC resoultion on Libya knowing fully well that abstention from voting in UNSC does not amount to negetion or opposition of UNSC rtesolution. US must call upon all UNSC members to contribute their bit in implementing UN resolution.US led action in Libya is not unilaterally American in aas much as as it is supported by an UNSC resolution.

neither25
March 28, 2011

W.W. writes:

This is an invitation to say to your self :''NO PAIN'' let's go let's move run forrest run and go ahead moving toward the future.

No pain No pain No pain...never never never give up

mother45
March 25, 2011

W.W. writes:

Executive Order:

Any attempt to reach or leave clandestinely North African coast toward Europe will be repressed with force.

EG
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New York, USA
March 25, 2011

E.G. in New York writes:

Give 'em Hell, Hill!

palgye
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South Korea
March 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Libyan support for - that military action, rather than conditions such as Afghanistan, the conditions for success, but too many? Past experience, reluctant to believe that military action is. My opinion, also to learn from the past, but now the past and the direction of thought and action, citizens of the country and the country, moving into a completely different direction, I think. Internet and Internet-connected personal mobile electronic products free of the influence is suspect.

Libya now Is the A-10 is anything you need. Internet and ...... Libya's civil war ends as soon as I'm gonna sleep in peace to sleep ....

PS: South Korea still divided into three years'm Under Surveillance. RSF - Reporters Without Borders from

"http://en.rsf.org/surveillance-south-korea, 39757.html"

slowing down the Internet, doing what, who?, I wonder.

And, in Pohang, please drop me Do not you want to nuke?

Brazil - Argentina?

Low-priced products - now classic concept kkajiwaneun anyone else can purchase products on the market, the small income, but they had the money and free items available for purchase, access will be needed.

Aisha
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Nepal
March 25, 2011

Aisha in Nepal writes:

I feel that the EU should finish making the Military of the European Union an entity that is similar to NATO. This will allow them to potentially to use their own resoureces since it seems the Europeans do not like coordinating operations with NATO.

palgye
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South Korea
March 28, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

If you think the 2012 elections, a challenge all day, even if risky, experience of forgetting the past, that we must try, dare to speak. If you think the economy alone, the Libyan war keojiman monetary loss, but not as much as the Cuban missile wigittae, conjured up some lost pride of Americans, you might be interested in a role that you think should be taken. I'm Korean, but the economic crisis, many people lose confidence and motivation to strive to overcome this difficult situation, which does not help a bit in terms of mental not you think? In the war against, but if it helps, for all days, of course, On a very high likelihood of success, I think we should actively approach. Everybody, that the economy, put some though, but my thought is a little cry. When people vote in the other areas I think are showing interest.

I just thought, then, dare to speak.

MRE, extra, there?

dr. A.
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Ukraine
March 27, 2011

Aleksandr in the Ukraine writes:

From the Ukrainian nurse who works in Libya: Today was a phone call from Misurata, rebels force our people to go out to become a shield for their protection from troops of Gaddafi. Everyone who is able - it is necessary to help our people, write anywhere, and share links with all. We must knock at all doors tring every possible means - in all media - our own and abroad.

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