Wednesday, 23 March 2011

U.S.: Indonesia Supports Mission of the Coalition on Libya

"Brutality against civilians is unacceptable and intolerable.
 United States (U.S.) actively providing support to the mission of the International Coalition in order to enforce UN Security Council Resolution No. 1973 on the crisis in Libya. For the U.S., this mission is an international effort at the urging of the Libyan people themselves and on call for member countries of the Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council.

Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Ted Osius, in an interview with VIVAnews, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, said Indonesia also supports the International Coalition in carrying out missions for the crisis in Libya. "It needs the full implementation of resolution [UN Security Council] that in order to prevent further violent action on civilians by their own government," said Osius.

Spearheaded the U.S., Britain and France, the International Coalition has conducted military operations since March 19 last with a missile strike and fighter jets to apply the no-fly zone - as defined in the UN Security Council resolution 1973 - with pounding military targets regime Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

The mission aims to prevent further attacks of the regime of Libya's Gaddafi to the people and to weaken the regime's ability to fight no-fly zone. "This mission is based on universal principles: brutality against civilians is unacceptable and intolerable," said Osius.

However, according to him, President Barack Obama has asserted that the U.S. does not intend to send ground troops into Libya. In addition to participating in Coalition military operations, the U.S. government is currently providing assistance amounting to U.S. $ 47 million to support a number of international agencies and NGOs.

"The aid to meet humanitarian needs and to assist and evacuate the people who saved themselves from violence in Libya. As many as 320,000 people have left Libya to Egypt, Tunisia, Nigeria and Algeria," said Osius.

Here are excerpts of an interview with the deputy U.S. ambassador.

There are fears that the International Coalition military operations raised the U.S. has been off the mark, because instead want to implement no-fly zone in Libya - as the UN Security Council resolution 1973 - that air and missile attacks, according to some media reports, has caused casualties among the civilians. How did the U.S. respond to such concerns?

I reiterate the purpose of the operation, namely preventing the emergence of more attacks on the Libyan forces of its own people. In addition, the mission wanted to make Gaddafi regime in the fight against fly zones as was stipulated in the UN Security Council Resolution.

Muammar Gaddafi's regime has proclaimed a truce with the rebels in overcoming the crisis in their country before Coalition forces began a bombing. Does the U.S. government still see a possible peaceful solution in Libya for Gaddafi to power?

The entire international community wants to see a peaceful solution. However, the international community has explicitly stated that it is not good [for the party in power to] to kill the people themselves, and that's what happened before the international community to act.

What if Gaddafi was in power has occurred despite the military action of the Coalition?

Coalition operations aim is not to get rid of Gaddafi [of power], but to ensure the absence of another attack on the Libyans as well as making it difficult to fight the no-fly zones that have been decided in the UN Security Council resolutions.

There are a number of Indonesian nationals who allegedly were still in Libya, so there are fears they are now in the security situation is increasingly vulnerable, even more so after the commencement of the International Coalition military operations. Is the U.S. assess the situation in Libya is very dangerous for foreigners and advised them to immediately exit from Libya?

That's up to your government [Indonesia] about what decisions need to be applied to citizens. But I noted that the Indonesian government has stated that the need to apply UN Security Council resolutions related situation in Libya. The Indonesian government does not want to see brutal acts on civilians [in Libya] is done by their own government. The statement was clearly expressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

Is the U.S. ready to help Indonesia if there is trouble to save its citizens from Libya when the situation getting worse?

We have not received a request [from Indonesia]. However, we of course do my best to help the partners when facing situations that are not possible.

Attitude or support what the U.S. would expect from Indonesia with regard to the crisis in Libya?

We have asked the Indonesian government if they support full implementation of UN Security Council resolution on Libya, and the answer is yes. Indonesia expressed need full implementation of resolution [UN Security Council] that in order to prevent further violent action on civilians by their own government.

Is Indonesia's support was also included military operations that have been conducted Coalition?

Michael Tene [spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia] in an exclusive interview with the [Daily] Republika said that the importance of full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions. So, I leave to the government of Indonesia and his spokesman in explaining the position in question.

How do you see the public response in Indonesia over the military measures taken by coalition forces on the situation in Libya?

I think the public does not want to see there are people who were killed by their own government. I think there is a strong reaction against the treatment given to the innocent people in Libya by their own rulers. (Sj)

Source :: Vivanews


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