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Updated: Norway to join Libya military strike. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Minister of Defence Grete Faremo confirm Norway will contribute to a NATO-led attack on Muammar al-Gaddafi. According to FM Støre, the decision follows last night’s significant UN Security Council majority vote in favour of a no-fly zone and air strikes against 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,”he says.

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Updated: Norway to join Libya military strike

Published on Friday, 18th March, 2011 at 11:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th March 2011 at 20:15.

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Minister of Defence Grete Faremo confirm Norway will contribute to a NATO-led attack on Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
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A united community

According to FM Støre, the decision follows last night’s significant UN Security Council majority vote in favour of a no-fly zone and air strikes against 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,”he says.

Resolution UNSCR1973 opens for the use of force, and authorises Member States “to take all necessary measures… to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamhariya, including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force.”

FM Støre thinks yesterday’s vote fulfils some vital criteria for Norway’s participation.

“The Security Council has given the need to protect the civilian population as the ground for its decision. This is important seen from a Norwegian point of view. The international community now stands more united than ever in its condemnation of Gaddafi. For Norway to support the use of force, it is essential that it has a firm base in international law.”

Ineffective

Imposing a no-fly zone has also been the subject of much discussion recently, with a request by The Arab League last weekend in favour of one.

It follows Mr Gadaffi’s alleged use of military means against thousands of peaceful demonstrators, who took over cities one month ago in an effort to end the Colonel’s 41-year rule.

Mr Gadaffi reportedly fought back with warplanes, warships, tanks, and artillery in an effort to retake these cities.

FM Støre says Norway’s view has always been that “a no-fly zone alone would be unlikely to have much effect. The Security Council has now adopted a resolution that authorises attacks on targets on the ground. [However,] we cannot take for granted that swift military intervention will resolve Libya’s problems over night. We must seek to avoid a situation where Libya becomes divided.”   

He advocates the use of force in conjunction with several other measures, including economic sanctions, political steps, a complete isolation of the regime, and investigations by the International Court of Justice.

Humanitarian warmongering?

Mr Gadaffi has threatened anyone who attacks Libya will have their life transformed into “a living hell”, reports NRK about an interview between the Colonel and Reuters.

The country’s Minister of Defence has also threatened reprisals against ships in the Mediterranean, as well as international flights.

Latest reports say Libya’s Foreign Minister Musa Kusa has just recently announced the declaration of a temporary ceasefire on humanitarian grounds, saying Libya is obliged to comply with the UNSCR as a UN Member State.

“Libya is extremely concerned about protecting civilians, and also wishes to protect foreigners, as well as international assets in the country.”

Mr Kusa also confirms the upcoming release of four New York Times journalists, reported missing two days ago.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Marte Lerberg Koppstad, tells The Foreigner, “this is a situation in development, and our position remains unchanged for now.”

“All UN Member States are responsible for implementing the Security Council’s resolution. Norway, together with our allies, will now consider whether, and if so how NATO could help to implement the UN resolution. NATO has already started planning, and we must determine what resources NATO needs in this connection and what Norway can contribute,” says Minister of Defence Grete Faremo.

Last night's Security Council Resolution was adopted with a vote of ten votes to zero. China and Russia, who have the power of veto abstained, along with Brazil, Germany, and India.



Published on Friday, 18th March, 2011 at 11:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th March 2011 at 20:15.

This post has the following tags: gretefaremo, jonasgahrstoere, muammaral-gaddafi, nato, unsecuritycouncil.





  
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