Saturday, July 16, 2011

NATO will continue bombing Libya in August during Ramadan

NATO will continue its military operations in Libya also during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which takes place in August, although some countries had asked for a truce. "We decided to continue military pressure in August because, according to several Arab countries, there is no contradiction between religious rules during the month of Ramadan and our military intervention," said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe in Istanbul where it meets the Contact Group on Libya.

The head of French diplomacy said that the strategy is "to maintain the military pressure" and at the same time continuing the "political connections", which should result in a process of national reconciliation after the abandonment of the power of Gaddafi. Only then will approve a cease-fire that would be overseen by the UN and supervised by the African Union.

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