Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 March 2011

Focus-Libia: ”no-fly zone”; NATO, the unified command is now operational. Exile for Gaddafi is one of the options, says Frattini





Focus-Libia: ”no-fly zone”; NATO, the unified command is now operational. Exile for Gaddafi is one of the options, says Frattini



ROME, Italy, March 28, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In just a few hours NATO will be in a position to assume the full lead in the operations in Libya and put into practice “all aspects” of the UN Resolution. The 28 Atlantic Alliance Ambassadors have approved the operational plan. This means that the “Odyssey Dawn” international mission launched by the “coalition of the willing” under the control of the USA, France and Great Britain is now being transferred to Alliance control, as promoted by Italy. It will take the name “Unified Protector”, and the engines of the new operational machinery are already running. General Charles Bouchard, a Canadian, will meet the press today at the Naples base, from where he will be leading the NATO and non-NATO forces engaged in the mission.

In addition to the arms embargo and the command to interdict flights in the skies over Libya, the Alliance will take action to protect civilians and inhabited areas from the threat of attacks by Colonel Gaddafi’s troops. This will be done through an enhanced no-fly zone (no-fly zone plus). The priority goal of the mission, they underscored, is to protect the civilian population. Gaddafi’s departure clearly remains a political objective, which the international community intends to pursue through diplomatic rather than military instruments. The London Conference taking place tomorrow (29 March 2011) and which Minister Franco Frattini attending along with the foreign ministers of the countries taking part with Italy in the mission, will focus on this aspect.

“NATO’s actions, in which we are taking part, are not the goal”, said Frattini. “We cannot continue indefinitely with these actions. We must, rather, think of a political solution that we must clearly tackle together”. Minister Frattini reiterated that, on the situation in Libya, “a number of ideas are circulating with some of our colleagues, most notably the Germans, on which we hope others will agree. We will be presenting these proposals to all concerned at the London Conference”.



Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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