Women supporters of the Libyan government in Tripoli demonstrate their committment to the defeat of the US/NATO forces now bombing the North Africa state. NATO claims it will continue the imperialist war., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
NATO to continue military operation in Libya
Voice of Russia
Jul 14, 2011 17:09 Moscow Time
On Wednesday, NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met with the Chairman of the Executive Board of the National Transitional Council Mahmoud Jibril in NATO’s headquarters in Brussels.
After the meeting Rasmussen confirmed that the international coalition will continue the military operation in Libya against the troops of Muammar Gaddafi.
On Wednesday, the leader of Libyan opposition was invited to NATO headquarters for the first time. He heard what he wanted to hear.
Earlier the same thing happened when Jibril met in Brussels with the Foreign Ministers of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The Benelux countries said they recognized the National Transitional Council of Libya as a legitimate representative of the Libyan people. Jibril also secured the support on behalf of the European Commission’s Chairman Jose Manuel Barroso.
Barroso promised that the EU will help Libya build the future based on the respect of human rights and the rule of law.
However, no details have been reported on how the EU plans to adopt Western democratic values in Libya.
Meanwhile, the emissaries in Tripoli held unofficial talks with the politicians from Turkey, the US, France. It seems like the current Libyan regime is looking for ways of decent step down of Gaddafi from the political arena.
For the moment NATO and the EU are more interested in how strong Gaddafi’s regime still is? The military operation continues and the number of the opponents of the war in Libya both in Europe and the US is growing.
The US intelligence assures that Gaddafi has run out of resources to continue standoff. On Wednesday, this information was indirectly denied by the special envoy of the Russian president in African countries Mikhail Margelov.
Margelov said referring to the Libyan Prime-Minister that Gaddafi’s regime will use missiles if the rebels occupy Tripoli. Margelov reminded that the colonel has not used any of his numerous surface-to-surface missiles.
But the information obtained by the US intelligence about the deficit of fuel in Libya looks quite trustworthy.
Earlier the agricultural minister Abdul Majid al Gaud said that the industry has no gasoline to fill up vehicles for harvesting. This is quite odd, considering that Libya is an oil producer. But indeed there are serious problems not only with fuel but also with drinking water and food products.
SPEAKER: In April, the UN’s food agency warned that humanitarian crisis threatens Libya. It was right after the beginning of NATO’s military campaign there.
We hear from Andrei Volodin, head of the Center of Oriental Studies at the Russian diplomatic academy:
"There is only one way to prevent the humanitarian crisis – to fully stop military actions to start negotiations and make it clear that the military actions won’t resume. It is also necessary to start providing sufficient humanitarian aid to both sides of the conflict."
While the war in Libya continues the food reserves are not being replenished. In such conditions Russia’s recent humanitarian aid was the right action at the right time.
On July 6 the Emergency Ministry’s planes delivered 75 tons of rice, sugar, tins, baby food and other products to Benghazi and on July 7, similar cargo was delivered to Tripoli.