The American Kafir

2011/03/07

U.S.: NATO Considering Military Options In Libya – Obama

Filed under: Libya, National Security, Obama, Protests, United Nations — Tags: , — - @ 1:18 pm

Source Link: Stratfor

NATO is looking into military responses to the situation in Libya, U.S. President Barack Obama said following March 7 talks in Washington with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, BBC reported. Attacks against Libyan civilians may be “crimes against humanity,” making it hard for the world to stand by, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, Al Arabiya reported. Rasmussen said he could not imagine the United Nations and international community “standing idly by” if the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continued systematically attacking its people.

Libya: Military Intervention Needs International Backing – U.S. Defense Secretary

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said March 7 that any military intervention in Libya needs to have international backing, Reuters reported. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan said that the U.N. Security Council needs to protect the Libyan people. The United Kingdom and France have drawn up elements of a U.N. resolution to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya, BBC reported, citing an unnamed British diplomat. The diplomat said that it was a contingency plan and that there are no current plans to submit the resolution or launch negotiations.

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