Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Libya: Solana talks

The former head of the European Union foreign policy has gone through the microphones of the SER - (JAVIER JIMÉNEZ BAS)

"At Radio SER, Javier Solana, former NATO secretary general, said that operations like the one being carried out in Libya against the Gaddafi regime are "very difficult". "I'm satisfied. I think it's better to have intervened to have allowed the situation to be put to the suffering of the weakest part of Libyan society." Solana believes that intervention should have happened before but that the agreements are very complicated, "yet the day the resolution was adopted, not all countries, and important countries, like Germany and outside Europe, Turkey, Russia and China did not agree to give the nod to the resolution. In the end they reached an agreement through the procedure of abstention. "

Solana noted that the situation in Libya at the moment is "absolutely normal" when applying a Security Council resolution from the UN. "The Security Council of the UN has no direct control to bring the operation and therefore has to delegate to someone. And that someone are the countries that have decided, in accordance with the resolution, to form a coalition to carry out resolution Security Council. There are all the countries of the Council or the EU or the UN, are a few who have taken the decision to apply and there are those countries that recognize the value of doing so on behalf of the community internationally. " "The headquarters until now is in training, we have 48 hours of operation. It will be a headquarters that will most likely have a political component that logically should be in the hands of countries that are committed and have erected a chain of military command that very probably also be linked to the alliance. It can not be the alliance who does everything, they are not all participating NATO countries such as Turkey and Germany. " "But they can generate all these countries, including Germany and Turkey, that NATO not be directing the operation itself can provide the base from the military standpoint."

According to Solana, what to do now is to "build a clear chain of command" and that there is a "political leadership and that the strictly military put in the hands of the headquarters of NATO, but NATO as such can not participate because all countries do not want to participate. " Solana has also insisted on "implementing the resolution, which clearly states what is to be avoided where there is violence on the civilian population."

The Spaniard who also also Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that intervention in Libya is a message of support to the demands of democratization of the Arab world. "There's no turning back," he noted Solana. "It was a good sign and we must be pleased with the performance of the Arab League to support the intervention.""LINK

"Javier Solana, former secretary general of NATO and former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security, today defended the need for "a military chain of command" in the international operation in Libya, who said "most likely will fall into the Atlantic Alliance. "

On the command of the operation, Solana sees the need FOR a headquarter with a "political component" in the hands of the countries involved in the mission, and a military chain of command linked to NATO, "though it may be the Alliance who do everything, because not all NATO nations participate "in the mission in Libya.

On the absence in the operation of NATO countries such as Turkey and Germany, admitted that he "does a little more understanding" the German decision.

After ensuring that the intervention in Libya "has no turning back," Solana said that "it was a good sign and we must be pleased with the performance of the Arab League to support the intervention."

Solana declined to comment on the possibility that the operation does not get to change the situation and said it was premature to what can happen within a year.

And said the priority now is to "ensure that Libya does not have sky attacks."

Although not yet fully able to ensure no-fly zone, the results will be "within hours", he added.

Asked about the possibility of the conflict to degenerate into a civil war, the former secretary general of NATO said that "this question has no answer today. I hope it will not come to that," he said.

Javier Solana was Secretary General of NATO from 1996 to 1999 and was head of the military-political alliance as NATO decided in April 1999, to intervene in Kosovo to stop ethnic cleansing undertaken by the then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic." LINK

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