Gaddafi-busters: ‘Who are you going to call?’ / News / The Foreigner

Gaddafi-busters: ‘Who are you going to call?’. Coalition forces seem to be conducting a “bomb now, ask questions later” mission in Libya. The missiles may be hitting their targets, but the final command structure is still wide of the mark. Norway says it is going nowhere for now. US National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, told the press at yesterday’s Whitehouse briefing that military operations will be “limited in duration and scope.” The US’ aim is to “set the conditions for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya...take actions to protect citizens in Libya from attack, and third, to set the conditions and open up the ability for humanitarian assistance to reach citizens in Libya.”

muammaral-gaddafi, nato, unsecuritycouncil, libya, alainjuppe, davidcameron, nupi, norwegianinstituteofinternationalaffairs



The Foreigner Logo

The Foreigner is an online publication for English speakers living or who have an interest in Norway. Whether it’s a glimpse of news or entertainment you’re after, there’s no need to leave your linguistic armchair. You don’t need to cry over the demise of the English pages of Aftenposten.no, The Foreigner is here!

Norske nyheter på engelsk fra Norge. The Foreigner er en engelskspråklig internett avis for de som bor eller som er interessert i Norge.

Google+ Google+ Twitter Facebook RSS RSS



News Article

LATEST:

}

Gaddafi-busters: ‘Who are you going to call?’

Published on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011 at 13:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd March 2011 at 13:48.

Coalition forces seem to be conducting a “bomb now, ask questions later” mission in Libya. The missiles may be hitting their targets, but the final command structure is still wide of the mark. Norway says it is going nowhere for now.

Norwegian F-16 over Keflavik (illustration photo)
Norwegian F-16 over Keflavik (illustration photo)
Photo: 338 Squadron/Norwegian Military


Limited

US National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, told the press at yesterday’s Whitehouse briefing that military operations will be “limited in duration and scope.”

The US’ aim is to “set the conditions for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya...take actions to protect citizens in Libya from attack, and third, to set the conditions and open up the ability for humanitarian assistance to reach citizens in Libya.”

Obama administration officials state the US is not willing to take permanent leadership for the air strikes, but the final “when” and “to whom” are not decided.

ABC News reports the President says the handover will probably take a “matter of days, not a matter of weeks, [but] how quickly this transfer takes places will be determined by the recommendations of our commanding officers.”

European-Middle Eastern disagreement

There have been calls by many countries, amongst others Italy and the UK, for NATO to take charge of the operation.

According to the BBC, British PM David Cameron has stated in Parliament that he would prefer a “transfer to a NATO command, using NATO machinery. It's tried and tested, [and] it works, it brings people together and it has operated no-fly zones before.”

However, France’s FM, Alain Juppe, alleges The Arab League, that was earlier in favour of air strikes, but has since expressed reservations, would be unhappy with this arrangement.

“[It] does not wish the operation to be entirely placed under NATO responsibility,” he says.

Ståle Ulriksen, at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), tells NTB he believes “France will be given command, possibly with Britain in a deputy role.”

Norwegian no-fly

Meanwhile Norway, whose six F-16 fighter jets are currently sitting on the apron in Souda Bay on Crete, will not be sending in its fighters until matters are clarified.

“Having our personnel in the command structure is Norway’s policy regarding any international operation. The bottom line is that Norway must have control of its own forces,” Eskil Grendahl Sivertsen, senior adviser at the Ministry of Defence, tells The Foreigner.



Published on Tuesday, 22nd March, 2011 at 13:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd March 2011 at 13:48.

This post has the following tags: muammaral-gaddafi, nato, unsecuritycouncil, libya, alainjuppe, davidcameron, nupi, norwegianinstituteofinternationalaffairs.





  
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!