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Norwegian Defence Minister discounts Libyan arms aid. Minister of Defence Grete Faremo says Norway rejects possible US initiatives to arm Libyan rebels following comments by President Obama. During yesterday’s interviews with three American media, the President said he was not discounting the idea, though remained somewhat uncommitted. "I'm not ruling it out, but I'm also not ruling it in," he told NBC News.

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Norwegian Defence Minister discounts Libyan arms aid

Published on Wednesday, 30th March, 2011 at 12:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st April 2011 at 20:51.

Minister of Defence Grete Faremo says Norway rejects possible US initiatives to arm Libyan rebels following comments by President Obama.

Defence Minister Faremo's visit to Crete
Defence Minister Faremo's visit to Crete
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun


During yesterday’s interviews with three American media, the President said he was not discounting the idea, though remained somewhat uncommitted.

"I'm not ruling it out, but I'm also not ruling it in," he told NBC News.

Minister Faremo is currently on a morale-boosting visit to Norwegian officers stationed at Souda Bay on Crete boosting morale, praising them for their military contribution to the Resolution.

However, she does not think UNSCR 1973, which Norway’s mandate is based upon, allows for arming Libyan opposition forces.

“The situation uncovers raises questions, but don’t think this one applies here. It’s probably possible to discuss the Resolution’s written contents, nevertheless I don’t believe this (giving arms to the rebels) is a fruitful debate,” she tells NRK.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen supports her argument, saying, “we are there to protect civilians, not arm them.”

Minister Faremo took this up when she addressed the officers.

“The Security Council’s Resolution is historic because it legitimises the use of military force to protect civilians, a principle for which Norway has fought for several years. It is therefore decisive we contribute to the united world resolve to enforce its requirements on Libya and relate this to shielding ordinary citizens. A united Parliament stands behind you.”



Published on Wednesday, 30th March, 2011 at 12:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st April 2011 at 20:51.

This post has the following tags: gretefaremo, presidentbarackobama, libya, unsecuritycouncil, unscr1973.





  
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