- NATO to take overall control of Libyan mission - top EU diplomat
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Leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom and France agreed in a phone conversation that NATO should take key role in the military operation in Libya.
"The leaders... agreed that NATO should play a key role in the command structure going forward for the enforcement of the no-fly zone," said Ben Rhodes, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.
"And again, those discussions are ongoing in Brussels and in capitals, but of course, in their calls the President - with President [Nicolas] Sarkozy and Prime Minister [David] Cameron, there was agreement that NATO does have a key role to play in this effort," he went on.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton confirmed on Tuesday that such discussions are ongoing.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that NATO finished its planning on the no-fly zone and arms embargo enforcement in Libya and all members of the alliance were "committed to meet their responsibilities under the United Nations resolution to stop the intolerable violence against Libyan civilians."
The U.S. imposed unilateral sanctions on 14 Libyan companies, owned by Libya's National Oil Corporation which it sees "the centerpiece of Libya's state-owned oil apparatus" and "a primary funding source for the Qadhafi regime."
The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya last Friday allowing "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from leader Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.
Operation Odyssey Dawn entered its third night of airstrikes on Libyan air defenses on Monday. Libyan state television has reported that at least 60 civilians have been killed and over 150 wounded.
WASHINGTON, March 23 (RIA Novosti)
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- mrgenieHello!08:56, 23/03/2011As NATO citizen, I have my right to vote. I say:"get out!"
NATO helps spreading fundamental Islam worldwide.
In Somalia, we had warlords fighting each other but also Muslim invasion. USA and it's allies decided to bomb the Warlords so Islam could spread.
In Iraq, Saddam was a big enemy of terrorists like Osama, what did we do? We bombed him away. In Iran we have a real criminal regime, in Saudi we have real dictators, what do we do? Nothing!
In Yugoslavia, we had remainders of Muslim invasion of the European continent. Serbia wanted to fix this historical remainder of a religion that came there as occupying force, and not by peace. What did we do? We bombed the Serbs for protecting Europe and helped Islam to spread.
Ghadaffi, he sells oil to Europe. He's a trustworthy partner and guarantees supplies to Europe, he only wants his cut of the deal. He hates terrorists like Al Qaida and doesn't allow them in his backyard.
What does NATO do, we get rid of him.
Worldwide, NATO, USA, is doing everything to help fundamental Islam to rise and take out all those who are against the terrorists.
I Agree Terrorism might be there because of people like Ghadaffi and Saddam or the house of Saud, but, that's their fight! We have no right to decide between them.
When the Sovjets fought the Terrorists in Afghanistan, what did US and NATO do? Support the terrorists.
There seems to be a long history of NATO and specially the USA of supporting fundamental Islam to destroy Russia and Europe and one day form a big 1,5 Billion citizen Muslim State.
I think it's time EU steps out of NATO and form an alliance with Russia, as obviously, EU and Russia share the same enemies.
- KatSTOP CRIMINAL AGGRESSION ON LIBYA12:20, 23/03/2011STOP THE AGGRESSION AGAINST LIBYA! Merciless bombings have killed already staggering number of civilians, while the "rebels" are taking opportunity to murder civilians, their own co nationals.
Why are we not hearing from people who are not with these "rebels"? Why all this cover up?
Thankfully there are still many foreigners in Libya and I had the pleasure hearing from some of them last night with some REAL TRUTH and they are outraged by the criminal acts and aggression from the coalition..............SHAME!!!!
- pcfOutrageous shame15:21, 23/03/2011What NATO countries are doing in LIBYA is such an outrageous shame that citizens around the world should boycott NATO countries.
Boycott US - UK - FRANCE'S merchandise, media, currency. Only this way the imperialistic, neo-colonial warmongers can be brought down. They are near bankruptcy anyway, while this new war against LIBYA costs another 800 million USD.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, as NATO citziens..23:07, 23/03/2011.. we do not have any right to decide.
Many express bad opinion of Russian of Chinese approach to government, i.e. autoritarismus
but very few notice that NATO countries are ruled by post moderm autoritarismus.
Nobody will put you in jail if you protest because you have actually no chance that your opinion will matter - corporations have acquired government AND opposition AND newspapers, they pay the piper and, quite rightly, they call the tune.
Does a company need extra profit for its shareholders?
Get the government and opposition to agree a bipartisan action against the villain of the day, assure that newspaper scramble around screamning "bad guy! bad guy! human rights!"
et voila', you get new oil sources without having to spend money, in fact the taxpayers foot the bill, a good investment, I would say.
I am looking forward to be the first to forecast the next action to protect the human rights of oil company shareholders: Nigeria
The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.