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17th March 2011
LIBYA: WORK IN PROGRESS
All UNSC members agreed on a draft UN resolution – vote later today
UN Security Council members agreed on a draft resolution that will impose a no-fly zone over Libya, diplomats in New York said. The decision will be brought up for a vote later in the day.
Earlier, American ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters that the UN may need to contemplate steps that go beyond the no-fly zone. (AFP)
Whether this is sabre-rattling or a real change of heart from the USA we have yet to see. It is always possible that an amendment will be laid at the last minute by the self-interested anti-interventionists Russia and/or China, so causing the vote to be lost. Another day, another crisis?
A no-fly zone and how it may develop
At about 13 minutes into the session of the Foreign Affairs Committee the Foreign Secretary William Hague responds to Sir Menzies Campbell, who presses for Britain to react to the Libya crisis on the basis of the duty to protect! Excuse the exclamation mark, but Sir Ming is the man, in common with much of his party, who still thinks that the Iraq invasion was “illegal”. Make your minds up.
Another committee member suggests that “a clear legal basis is much argued over.”
Hague refers to the catastrophic events of Rwanda. If we had known the number of eventual ensuing deaths he proffers that we may have had a clear legal basis. He also says “of course it is a grey area.”
From all his legal advice he sais that there are circumstances when we have a responsibility to protect.
A former Labour Defence Secretary under Brown’s government asks why we are taking the lead over Libya. “Our diplomatic position has been shot to pieces.” Hague responds that we have laid down UN resolution 1970 because we are responding to Arab calls for a no-fly zone.
Ann Clwyd, Labour, asks Mr Hague about the Middle East Peace Process. Hague responds that the danger is that the Middle East peace process becomes a casualty of the position in the Middle East. He said “we have underlined the importance of the resumption of talks on the Middle East peace process. ”
Meeting started on Wednesday 16 March at 2.32pm
ended at 4.49pm
Developments in UK Foreign Policy
- Rt Hon William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
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Now that Obama has change his mind on the no-fly zone and is now prepared to put US airplanes over the skies over Libya, Messrs Cameron and Hague will no doubt take some comfort from this. However, any change on Obama’s part is FAR more likely to be as a result of Arab calls for a no-fly zone.
THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF THE ‘LIBERAL’ HUMANITARIAN PRESS
The Independent, one of the leading publications against the Iraq invasion ostensibly because of its “illegality” now seems to be caught in the yes but no but trap of many in the west today.
“With forces approaching, one rebel voice makes a plea to the West
The global community must act to stop Gaddafi and his forces reaching Benghazi. If he gets here, he will kill everyone. We in Benghazi, in what is left of Free Libya, have a very simple message for the Security Council. Please, do something. We are desperate for your help and you must do it now. It is the time to act and if you don’t there will be genocide. We are called rebels, but we are not rebels. We are a people that simply wants the same freedoms and liberties enjoyed by the people in the West. For 42 years, one man and his family have denied the people of Libya their dignity.
Whenever he gets to Benghazi, he will deny us our lives too.
Days ago, a no-fly zone could have been imposed and that would have helped. It would still help, but now it may be too late. Even so, it is not too late to help to stop him reaching us.”
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