Arab League: We’ve changed our minds! Hands off Libya!

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    Or –

    20th March 2011

    That didn’t take long, did it?

    I couldn’t have been the only one feeling suspicious when Lebanon (the fourth sponsor of the motion tabled at the UN) was NOT mentioned in yesterday’s or today’s military attacks on Gaddafi’s hotspots.

    But I thought it might be  a few days before our so-called allies on the Arab side yelled “HANG ON”.

    It’s actually taken less than 24 hours. Something must have been lost in the translation of the UN resolution!

    Sky News: Arab League criticises the military strikes on Libya

    The Arab League has criticised the military strikes on Libya, a week after urging the United Nations to slap a no-fly zone on the oil-rich North African state.

    The volte-face by the influential regional body raises uncertainty about the unity of Western and Muslim leaders to the UN-backed military campaign.

    Only Qatar has openly supported the Western-led campaign while Sky sources confirm the United Arab Emirates was willing to offer support.

    The Arab League had suffered wide criticism for not being more vocal in support of the action it had appealed for.

    […]

    Tension has appeared in domestic corridors of power as well as between the West and Arab worlds.

    There have been signs of tension between Whitehall military and political strategists over implications of enforcing UN Security Council resolution 1973.

    The resolution rules out the use of occupying forces, but it allows the international community to use all necessary means to protect civilians – some taking that to mean ground troops could be used.

    But the MoD has ruled out any use of ground forces to enforce the resolution.

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    Also reported here  – We wanted no-fly zones, not bombs

    CAIRO – The Arab League chief said on Sunday that Arabs did not want military strikes by Western powers that hit civilians when the League called for a no-fly zone over Libya.

    In comments carried by Egypt’s official state news agency, Secretary-General Amr Moussa also said he was calling for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss the situation in the Arab world and particularly Libya.

    “What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” he said.

     

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    2 Responses to “Arab League: We’ve changed our minds! Hands off Libya!”

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:

      What a joke, eh?

      Whinging ragheads can’t make their bloody minds up.

      Too much bloody sun I say.

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