Saturday, March 12, 2011

United Kingdom and France suggest bomb Libya for its chemical weapons

United Kingdom and France now evoke the "chemical weapons" that could have Libya as an argument for military intervention, although, unlike Iraq, still insist on seeking UN endorsement before any action. In an extraordinary summit, the Heads of State and Government of the Twenty expect today, "new information", according to diplomatic sources, on alleged secret arsenal of Muammar Gaddafi.

Even the Spanish government says there are "sources to be taken into account." A spokesman for the Hungarian rotating Presidency of the EU said that the information has come so far in the press (British, in particular). Nicolas Sarkozy, who claimed to speak on their behalf and that of the British prime minister, David Cameron believes that should be made "selective bombardment, purely defensive" if Gaddafi attacks its population, and in particular, as the French president, if do "with chemical weapons." The Heads of State and Government reiterated today that the Libyan leader to abandon power and supports dialogue with the opposition as "valid", although not unique, as he wanted France.

"The problem has a name: Gaddafi," said José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission. The military options are not yet so clear. In a joint letter to European Council, Cameron asked Sarkozy and his colleagues "to continue planning to be prepared for all eventualities" and remember that any action requires "a clear legal basis and strong regional support." On arrival at the Brussels summit, convened at his request, Sarkozy also defended his decision to recognize before anyone else, opponents as legitimate rulers to avoid a power vacuum in Somalia, which has for two decades without stable government.

Furthermore, in its letter, the two insist on support for the Transitional National Council called for "preparing a representative and accountable government." "We must send a clear political signal and consider the Council as a valid political party and an important voice for the Libyan people," they say.

Sarkozy was photographed yesterday shaking hands with opponents to emphasize his support, a gesture that was also trying to counter the slow gala in the two previous crises in Tunisia and Egypt. The Elysee announced the dispatch of a French ambassador to Benghazi and the Libyan embassy offered the rebels, a speed that surprised European colleagues.

A European Foreign Minister defined the French decision as "strange" and several leaders today called for caution. "We recognize states, not governments," recalls Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister.

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