15 April 2011 — Stop NATO
- NATO’s Cargo Delivery May Be Excuse For Ground Invasion Of Libya
- NATO’s Air War Against Libya: 2,337 Sorties, 950 Air Strikes Since March 31
- NATO To Continue Libyan War “As Long As Necessary”
- Libyan War: NATO And EU To Hold Unprecedented Joint Meeting
- French Defense Minister: “Three Great Countries” Can Decide Libya’s Fate
- Video And Text: Obama Praises Qatari Emir For Support Of NATO’s War Against Libya, Promotion Of “Democracy In The Middle East”
- Qatar Ready To Step Up Arming Of Libyan Insurgents: Emir
- Bahrain: 2,000 Foreign Troops Deployed As 31 Killed, 600 Arrested
- Belarus Slams U.S. News Media Over Libya Mercenaries Lie
- Prime Minister: Libyan Crisis Affects Ukraine’s Economy, BRICS Must Ensure World Stability
NATO’s Cargo Delivery May Be Excuse For Ground Invasion Of Libya
April 15, 2011
NATO’s cargo delivery to Libya may be excuse for land operation
MOSCOW: Should a humanitarian catastrophe happen in Libya, NATO will have to deliver guarded cargo there, and the mission may become an excuse for a land invasion, Russia’s permanent representative at NATO Dmitry Rogozin told the Izvestia daily on Friday.
If the situation develops this way, “it may cause a split of NATO,” which “is already stirred seriously,” he said. “Major European states are against the alliance’s absolute involvement in a strange civil war.”
“I do not think this idea will be supported fully,” Rogozin said. “Should there be anyone involved in playing fast and loose, it would be not the NATO as it is, but its separate members.”
NATO’s Air War Against Libya: 2,337 Sorties, 950 Air Strikes Since March 31
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
April 15, 2011
NATO and Libya
JFC Naples, SHAPE, NATO HQ
Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 2,337 sorties and 950 strike sorties* have been conducted.
Sorties conducted 14 April: 146
Strike sorties conducted 14 April: 60
Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.
Key Targets and Engagements
14 April: In the vicinity of Sirte: Eight bunkers, four ammunition storage sites, two Amoured personnel carriers. In the vicinity of Tunisian border: One SA-3 Radar, one SA-3 missile launcher. In vicinity of Misrata: three bunkers destroyed, one helicopter destroyed. In the vicinity of Tripoli, two ammunition storage sites destroyed, one radar destroyed and one tank destroyed.
Arms Embargo Activities
A total of 17 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.
18 Vessels were hailed on 14 April to determine destination and cargo. 0 boardings were conducted.
A total of 334 vessels have been hailed and 9 boardings have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.
NATO To Continue Libyan War “As Long As Necessary”
April 14, 2011
NATO ministers vow to continue Libya mission ‘as long as necessary’
NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin have reaffirmed their commitment to the mission in Libya. They also attempted to bridge internal differences over the way the military campaign is being led.
NATO foreign ministers agreed at the meeting in the German capital on Thursday that the alliance would provide all necessary resources for its operations in Libya.
“The high operational tempo against legitimate targets will be maintained and we will exert this pressure as long as necessary,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.
However, he said more high-precision attack aircraft were necessary to hit heavy weapons hidden in urban areas.
“I’m confident that nations will step up to the plate,” Rasmussen said…
These sentiments were shared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the sidelines of the meeting. They agreed that Moammar Gadhafi must be removed from power.
“It’s an objective we’re united about,” Merkel said.
Clinton said the alliance had the full backing of the United States, which, after initially leading the airstrikes together with Britain and France, has visibly reduced its overt military role. “New voices from inside and outside Libya have joined the calls for Gadhafi’s departure,” she said. “For our part, the US is committed to our shared mission. We will strongly support the coalition until our work is completed.”
A stronger stance against Gadhafi
The latest gathering comes a day after a meeting of the so-called contact group on Libya in Doha where foreign ministers in a final statement “affirmed that Gadhafi’s regime has lost all legitimacy and he should leave and allow the Libyan people to decide their future.”
The group also decided to set up a “temporary financial mechanism” to aid the rebels fighting Gadhafi.
“Participants agreed that a Temporary Financial Mechanism could provide a method for the INC [interim national council] and international community to manage revenue to assist with short term financial requirements and structural needs in Libya,” the statement said.
The language of the statement indicated a stronger stance than that seen at the group’s meeting two weeks ago, reflecting increased pressure by Britain and France, who are delivering most of the airstrikes on Gadhafi’s armor. They’ve said they want other NATO members to contribute more to the alliance’s efforts in Libya to end the deadlock in the country’s civil war.
The Americans are providing intelligence, logistical support and air-to-air refuelling, but have ceased to fly bombing raids since they handed over control of the mission to NATO.
Author: Sabina Casagrande, Rob Mudge (dpa, AP, AFP, Reuters)
Editor: Rob Mudge
Libyan War: NATO And EU To Hold Unprecedented Joint Meeting
April 15, 2011
NATO and EU to hold unprecedented joint Libya meeting
Berlin: NATO and the European Union have agreed to their first joint meeting, to discuss the crisis in Libya, diplomatic sources on Friday told German Press Agency dpa.
Turkey, a member of NATO, has previously blocked formal meetings with the EU, of which Cyprus is a member. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the two organizations to cooperate more closely.
Turkey agreed to the meeting, which is to discuss ways of increasing political pressure on Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, under the condition that the talks were informal and reached no official decisions.
The decision was made during a NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin, attended also by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
On Thursday NATO agreed to three conditions which Gaddafi’s forces must meet in order for the bloc to end its military campaign on Libya.
Top EU and NATO representatives have met frequently in the past. A total of 21 countries are members of both NATO, which includes 28 countries, and the EU which counts 27.
Cyprus, whose northern part has been occupied by Turkey since 1974, has repeatedly blocked Turkey’s attempts to join the European Defence Agency, which is headed by Ashton.
French Defense Minister: “Three Great Countries” Can Decide Libya’s Fate
Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 15, 2011
UN resolution lacks provision on ‘Gaddafi’s future’ – French minister
-”I believe that when three great countries say the same thing it is important for the UN, and maybe some day the Security Council will make this decision,” Longuet said, adding that the process of adopting a resolution requiring Gaddafi’s departure could be stalled by such countries as Russia, China and Brazil.
The intentions of U.S., French and British leaders to carry on military operations in Libya until Muammar Gaddafi steps down are not covered by the UN Security Council resolution authorizing the operation, the French defense minister said on Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a joint article published on Friday in the International Herald Tribune, The Times and Le Figaro that the NATO operation should continue until Gaddafi steps down.
“This is definitely beyond the scope of Resolution 1973, since it says nothing about the future of Gaddafi,” Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said in an interview with LCI news channel.
He said, however, that the UN Security Council could pass a resolution that did demand Gaddafi step down.
“I believe that when three great countries say the same thing it is important for the UN, and maybe some day the Security Council will make this decision,” Longuet said, adding that the process of adopting a resolution requiring Gaddafi’s departure could be stalled by such countries as Russia, China and Brazil.
On Thursday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the leaders of the BRICS nations – Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa – believe the situation in Libya should be resolved through diplomatic means.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, paving the way for the military operation against embattled Libyan leader Gaddafi that began two days later. The command of the operation was shifted from a U.S.-led international coalition to NATO in late March.
Video And Text: Obama Praises Qatari Emir For Support Of NATO’s War Against Libya, Promotion Of “Democracy In The Middle East”
The White House
April 14, 2011
President Obama Meets with Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
President Obama and Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar speak to the press after meeting in the Oval Office.
Trend News Agency
April 14, 2011
Obama thanks Qatari amir for support on Libya
Baku: U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday thanked Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani for the Gulf state’s support on Libya while the two met at the White House, APA reports quoting Xinhua News Agency.
Obama told reporters after the bilateral meeting that they went through “a very useful conversation” and he thanked the amir for “the leadership” he has shown when it comes to “democracy in the Middle East,” and in particular in Libya.
“Qatar has not only supported diplomatically but has also supported militarily and we are very appreciative of the outstanding work that the Qataris have done side by side with other international coalition members,” said Obama.
He also mentioned two countries’ cooperation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global food security and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
The Qatari amir thanked Obama for “the position the U.S. has taken in support of the democratization process that taken place in Tunisia and in Egypt and what is attempting to take place in Libya.”
But he said that the most important issue for the region is Israel-Palestinian peace.
“We do understand your position Mr. President in supporting the existence of two states peacefully living side by side and we support your position,” the amir said.
The direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians started in September last year under brokering by the Obama administration. But the talks was soon stuck in a limbo after Israel failed to extend moratorium on West Bank settlement.
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab states that have committed to participating in the NATO-led airstrikes on Libya.
Qatar Ready To Step Up Arming Of Libyan Insurgents: Emir
Xinhua News Agency
April 15, 2011
Qatar ready to arm Libyan opposition: amir
WASHINGTON: Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said on Thursday that his country stands ready to provide arms to the Libyan opposition on request.
“If they will ask for weapons, we’re going to provide them,” the amir, who is on a visit to the United States, told CNN in an interview.
He confirmed that the opposition had raised a request, but “it will take some time” as the weapons offered need “a lot of training.”
When pressed to confirm reports that Qatar has provided French-made anti-tank weapons to the opposition, he replied that “it might be arrived to them during the last two days. It’s possible.”
Qatar, whose warplanes are joining NATO-led airstrikes on Libya along with the United Arab Emirates, joined France in recognizing the opposition’s Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate representative of Libya, a move followed by Italy.
“It will be wise if America would recognize the opposition,” the amir said.
Bahrain: 2,000 Foreign Troops Deployed As 31 Killed, 600 Arrested
ADN Kronos International
April 14, 2011
Bahrain: ‘Thirty-one protesters killed, 600 arrested’, since February, group says
Manam: Thirty-one protesters have been killed in Bahrain since 14 February when government forces began cracking down on anti-government demonstrations, independent rights watchdog Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a report.
The group said 600 people have been detained, including 30 women.
Bahrain’s government in March imposed martial law and, controversially, brought in 2,000 troops from other Sunni-ruled states in the region including Saudi Arabia, to quell the protest movement.
Members of Bahrain’s Shia majority population have been engaged in protests against what they see as discriminatory policies by the tiny country’s monarchy backed by the Sunni minority.
Bahrain’s king Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah imposed a three-month state of emergency giving his country’s military chief sweeping powers to put down a pro-democracy uprising that has threatened the ruling monarchy.
Belarus Slams U.S. News Media Over Libya Mercenaries Lie
Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 15, 2011
Minsk slams AP over reports of Belarusian mercenaries in Libya
-”The fact can be deemed proof that The Associated Press is a hired propaganda outlet and tool.”
-UN officials claimed in late February that Belarus had delivered three attack helicopters to the Ivory Coast in violation of a UN arms embargo. The UN later retracted the claim and apologized to Minsk for the embarrassing incident.
Minsk: The Belarusian Foreign Ministry accused The Associated Press news agency on Friday of intentionally misquoting a UN official in a report on the presence of Belarusian mercenaries in Libya.
The Associated Press reported earlier in April that hundreds of foreign mercenaries, including from Belarus, were likely fighting on the side of both Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and rebels in Libya. The agency quoted the head of UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries Jose Luis Gomez del Prado.
Belarus immediately denied the allegations and demanded an official investigation by UN officials.
“It has been established that the UN official [Jose del Prado] told the American journalist that he had no information and therefore could not confirm the presence of any Belarusian mercenaries in Libya,” said Andrei Savinykh, a spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
“The fact can be deemed proof that The Associated Press is a hired propaganda outlet and tool,” Savynykh said.
The Belarusian diplomat criticized Western journalists for their propensity to “effortlessly step over the conventional democratic standards when it is convenient to them and in line with the interests of their sponsors.”
In similar circumstances, UN officials claimed in late February that Belarus had delivered three attack helicopters to the Ivory Coast in violation of a UN arms embargo. The UN later retracted the claim and apologized to Minsk for the embarrassing incident.
Belarusian Telegraph Agency
April 15, 2011
Foreign Ministry: Another attempt by western media to pervert the facts exposed
-”As we can see, western journalists effortlessly step over the conventional democratic standards when it is convenient to them and in line with the interests of their sponsors.”
MINSK: Another attempt by a western media organization to falsify the real situation has been exposed, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh said in his commentary in view of the Associated Press’ reference to the statement of head of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries Jose del Prado.
“We have received a comprehensive answer from the head of the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries Jose del Prado on what exactly he told the Associated Press reporter. It has been established that the UN official told the American journalist that he had no information and therefore could not confirm the presence of any Belarusian mercenaries in Libya. The statement was clear-cut and unambiguous. Similar confirmations came in from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” Andrei Savinykh’s commentary says.
The fact can be viewed as a proof that the Associated Press is a hired propaganda outlet and tool. It seems this appraisal may be referred to other western media that circulated publications on the subject.
“As we can see, western journalists effortlessly step over the conventional democratic standards when it is convenient to them and in line with the interests of their sponsors,” Andrei Savinykh stressed.
Prime Minister: Libyan Crisis Affects Ukraine’s Economy, BRICS Must Ensure World Stability
April 15, 2011
Libya’s crisis affects dramatically Ukraine’s economy – Azarov
SANYA: Libya’s crisis has affected dramatically Ukraine’s economy, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told reporters on Friday.
Prior to the events in Libya, a barrel of oil in international markets cost 80 dollars, while now the price is 122 dollars already, he said. That is why in Ukraine a liter of high-octane petrol, which used to cost eight hrivnas (about one dollar), now costs 9.8 hrivnas. This growth of prices on oil and gas first of all suspends economic development, both international and ours, he said.
“Libya’s problem, which is being discussed here, affects Ukraine directly,” Azarov said. “We need international stability and the BRICS countries are the states which are responsible for stability in the world.”
Reporters asked Azarov if Ukraine might join BRICS.
“The question of Ukraine’s alignment or non-alignment with anything depends on us: on how quickly we overcome the crisis and become mighty,” he replied.
“We, Ukraine, have all the opportunities to become a mighty state, which will develop quickly,” he added referring to China’s experience as that country had been developing dynamically for 30 years already, and which GDP growth had been above ten percent over past years.
“Only five years ago this would have been strange to us, because for five years we made no headway, while China developed dynamically,” he said. “We must solve our problems, gain quickly intensive development, growth of incomes, and, should it be necessary, we may consider alignment.”