Friday, April 22, 2011

U.S. will help the Libyan rebels

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, plans to authorize a "non lethal" up to 25 million dollars to Libyan opposition to support their efforts in the field, after weeks of assessments of their needs and capabilities. "We are moving to authorize non-lethal goods and services worth up to $ 25 million to support the National Transitional Council of Libya (CNT) and its efforts to protect civilian and populated areas are under the attack of own government in Libya, "said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking to the media after meeting with President-elect of Haiti.

The U.S. diplomat said that Washington will provide assistance to the Libyan rebels come from the reserves and the U.S. government inventory and will be one that meets your needs. "This testing has been developed, in part, Chris Stevens, Clinton, who earlier this month sent to Benghazi, the capital of the rebels, which houses a team from the U.S.

Agency for International Development (USAID). "This is not new purchases. It is not a blank check, "said Secretary of State. In a letter sent by the Department of State on April 15 the Congress and American media today collecting ground that the CNT has identified a" wide range "of aid nonlethal could support their efforts.

"The U.S. has been in contact with the CNT in an effort to create a working relationship and understand their security capabilities and shortcomings, while recognizing the key role of the opposition forces to play in protecting civilian and populated areas in Libya, "the document says. The American material include vehicles, fuel trucks and fuel tanks, ambulances, supplies and medical equipment, body armor, binoculars and radio equipment, the report said.

"This initiative is in line with resolution 1973 Security Council of the UN, which, among other things, authorizes Member States to take all necessary measures to protect civilian and populated areas," stressed Clinton. Secretary of State recalled that the Libyan opposition, defending the "barbaric attacks" by the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, has its origin in an organized militia, or in a group who planned to oppose the rules to be implemented Libyan leader for years, but training is a "spontaneous" has been created in the broader context of Arab protests.

"They are entrepreneurs, students, lawyers, doctors and teachers who courageously defend their communities and demand an end to the Libyan regime, and we will take further steps under the authority of the UN to try to meet the international commitment" to protect civilians, said Clinton.

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has yet to approve the proposal, said State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, in his daily briefing. Meanwhile, the governments of Italy, Britain and France have decided to send Libya a number of liaison officers to train and organize resistance efforts to protect the population attacked by Qaddafi.

President Obama supports these efforts, today said his spokesman, Jay Carney, and expects that to help the opposition, but continues to oppose sending U.S. troops to Libya. "We do not alter the president's policy of no boots of American soldiers on the ground" Libyan reiterated.

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