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Libyans capture Norwegian journalist. Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces have captured a Norwegian cameraman, together with three other Al Jazeera journalists. The crew has been reporting about the situation in Libya for several days, when they were caught just before Norway made news of its military support to the campaign in Libya public, according to Al Jazeera. Yesterday, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg declared Norway is to provide up to six F-16 fighter aircraft “to participate in the enforcement of Security Council resolution 1973.”

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Libyans capture Norwegian journalist

Published on Sunday, 20th March, 2011 at 21:50 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th March 2011 at 22:55.

Muammar Gaddafi’s security forces have captured a Norwegian cameraman, together with three other Al Jazeera journalists.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Paris
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Paris
Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Flickr


Brutal

The crew has been reporting about the situation in Libya for several days, when they were caught just before Norway made news of its military support to the campaign in Libya public, according to Al Jazeera.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg declared Norway is to provide up to six F-16 fighter aircraft “to participate in the enforcement of Security Council resolution 1973.”

Although Norway is not formally part of the Allied forces for the moment, the Norwegian M.O.D. says the six planes are expected to be deployed from Norway at some stage tomorrow, according to a press spokesperson The Foreigner spoke to this evening.

Approximately 100 personnel members are to be mobilized to fulfill all the necessary functions required for the military contribution, but no decision has been made yet regarding where they will be based.

Norway’s reaction was triggered by Colonel Gaddafi’s use of military means against his own people, according to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who addressed a group of top leaders yesterday in Paris.

“Gaddafi met peaceful demonstrators with brutality. A leader who wages war against his own people has lost his legitimacy. We therefore call for Colonel Gaddafi’s immediate resignation,” he said.

He pointed out that intervention in Libya will not be “either easy or swift”, stressing the importance of participation by the Arab League and neighboring countries for a successful campaign.

The Prime Minister also outlined other measures Norway is ready to contribute with, in addition to military means.

“Norway stands ready to help develop a broad and effective response,  economic sanctions, international legal action, and a well coordinated humanitarian assistance,” he concluded, mentioning the country has already contributed to the crisis relief effort with almost $10 million.

Criticism

On March 17, the UN Security Council (UNSC) passed a majority vote to intervene in Libya, adopting a resolution in favour of air strikes and establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.

“The Security Council’s resolution on the use of force against Libya is historic, and demonstrates the UN’s ability to take action. Norway supports the resolution. A decisive factor for us is that it enjoys support in Libya’s neighbouring areas and that the Arab League has called for such a resolution,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said afterwards.

UN allies began their attack on Libya yesterday at 16:45 GMT yesterday, when a French plane fired at and destroyed a military vehicle. Approximately 20 French fighter jets were involved, with support from UK airplanes. Cruise missiles were also fired by the US.

However, while The Arab League was supportive of the UNSC resolution to help Libya’s citizens, they criticized yesterday’s attacks harshly, and are expected to convene an emergency meeting to discuss events in Libya.

“What’s happening is something other than our target of introducing a no-fly zone. What we wanted was that Libyan civilians should be protected, not bombed by the West,” Amr Moussa, Secretary General of The Arab League, tells NRK.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera says “regional parties” are working on the release of the four journalists and that they hold the Libyan authorities accountable for their safety.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs tells The Foreigner they have no updated information about the captured Norwegian cameraman.



Published on Sunday, 20th March, 2011 at 21:50 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th March 2011 at 22:55.

This post has the following tags: muammargadaffi, aljazeera, jensstoltenberg, jonasgahrstoere, nato, unsecuritycouncil.





  
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