8 April 2011 — Stop Nato
- Back To Africa: Swedish Jets In First Combat Mission In 50 Years
- Italy Flies 108 Air Missions For NATO’s Libyan War
- Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Libya: Sarkozy, The New War President
- Russian, Venezuelan Presidents Cal For Peace In Libya
- NATO Solidarity: German Okays “Humanitarian” Troops To Libya
Back To Africa: Swedish Jets In First Combat Mission In 50 Years
April 7, 2011
Swedish jets make first combat mission in 50 yrs
STOCKHOLM: Swedish warplanes operating from Sicily took part in NATO’s operations against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, the first combat sortie by the Nordic country’s air force since the early 1960s.
A Swedish military spokesman said the aircraft had carried out a mission lasting about 40 minutes, according to plan, and had returned safely to their base in southern Italy. He would not provide any further information due to NATO regulations.
The last time Sweden flew combat missions was in the Congo in the early 1960s, under United Nations orders.
The country, which has not fought a war for 200 years [except currently in Afghanistan], sent eight single-seat JAS 39 Gripen planes to the Sigonella airbase at the start of this month to help patrol the no-fly zone imposed on Libya by the UN.
(Reporting by Niklas Pollard and Simon Johnson; Editing by Sophie Hares)
Italy Flies 108 Air Missions For NATO’s Libyan War
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
April 7, 2011
LIBYA: THE TOTAL COUNT OF ITALIAN MISSIONS IS 108
Rome: 108 is the number of missions accomplished up to now by the aircraft provided by Italy for the NATO-led operation.
The operation was initially named “Odyssey Dawn” and subsequently became “Unified Protector”, when the command was passed to the NATO.
The news was reported by the Defence Chief of Staff.
Eight missions have been performed during the last 24 hours. The first and fourth were conducted with a pair of Eurofighter 2000 to carry out aerial surveillance.
The second, third and eighth by two Tornados with the task of performing reconnaissance. The fifth, sixth and seventh, by two AV-8B Plus equipped for air-defense and reconnaissance.
Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Libya: Sarkozy, The New War President
April 7, 2011
Afghanistan-Ivory Coast-Libya: Nicolas Sarkozy, the new war President
Afghanistan, Libya and now Ivory Coast, France is engaged in three military operations abroad at the same time, a quite unprecedented event.
Paris has been at the forefront of the western military intervention in Libya and is now battling the forces loyal to the outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast.
Does this have anything to do with the french president record low levels in the polls?
Russian, Venezuelan Presidents Cal For Peace In Libya
Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 7, 2011
Medvedev, Chavez call for peace in Libya
Moscow: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on Thursday called for an end to the ongoing bloodshed in Libya and the start of political dialogue, the Kremlin said.
The two leaders, who discussed the situation in the North African country by telephone, stressed the need for all parties concerned “to act strictly in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions,” the Kremlin said.
“Priority at this stage should, without doubt, be given to ensuring the security of civilians,” they said, according to the Kremlin statement.
NATO Solidarity: German Okays “Humanitarian” Troops To Libya
April 8, 2011
Bundeswehr bound for Libya peace mission
-Germany’s participation would help dispel questions among allies about Germany’s commitment to the NATO alliance.
“I don’t want there to be any doubts at all on the question of alliance solidarity.”
After refusing to contribute to an armed intervention in Libya, Germany is set to send troops on a humanitarian mission, with major party leaders saying Friday they would support such a plan.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition and opposition parties alike have indicated they will agree to send Bundeswehr soldiers as part of a UN humanitarian mission. The troops would protect humanitarian workers.
The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the environmentalist Greens accused the government, however, of flip-flopping on the issue of sending troops to the strife-torn country, where rebels have been battling the regime of dictator Muammar Qaddafi since mid-February.
Last month, Germany abstained in a United Nations Security Council vote to authorize military intervention in Libya, which annoyed traditional allies France, Britain and the United States.
Philipp Mißfelder, foreign policy spokesman for the parliamentary wing of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany had a moral duty to get involved.
His counterpart from the junior coalition partner, the Free Democrats (FDP), Rainer Stinner, told the same paper: “We are open to the participation of the Bundeswehr in a military protection of a humanitarian mission.”
Stinner said Germany’s participation would help dispel questions among allies about Germany’s commitment to the NATO alliance.
“I don’t want there to be any doubts at all on the question of alliance solidarity,” he said.
FDP general secretary Christian Lindner denied that the new plan was in any way a reversal of the previous position. He told Friday’s Passauer Neue Presse that the humanitarian contribution plan was consistent with the government’s position all along. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had indicated last month that humanitarian help would be considered, he said.
“We are ready to accept our responsibility in the humanitarian consequences of the war,” he said. “But the Bundeswehr will not intervene militarily in Libya.”
Deputy chairman of the Greens’ parliamentary group, Frithjof Schmidt, said in Friday’s Ruhr Nachrichten that the government was “see-sawing from one position to another.”