Friday, March 11, 2011

David Cameron says EU must show unity over Libya, China and Russia need to get off the fence; they are part of the United Nations too!

Dear All

To say the West has been slow to act on Libya is an gross understatement.

What is the problem?

Afghanistan and Iraq, the two foreign crusades by George Bush and God’s personal representative on earth, Tony Blair, who have cleared the pitch of acting decisively.

We went in Afghanistan and Iraq for the wrong reasons but won’t go into Libya for the right ones.

Various people need to get their act together at the United Nations.

Why should China and Russia be on the Security Council if they won’t act?

They serve no point being permanent members of intransigence.

In Europe, the response has been patchy at best, the EU should be speaking with one voice, instead we have 27 and we don’t know where most stand if at all.

European leaders must show "political will" and unity in saying Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi must go, David Cameron has said in Brussels.

Arriving for an emergency EU summit, Cameron said he expected it to step up measures to isolate the Gaddafi regime.

And that means going the whole road.

London and Paris are trying to build support for a UN resolution to authorise a no-fly zone in Libya but the US is lagging behind and China and Russia just sit there.

People are getting tortured and killed by Gaddafi.

In the meanwhile forces loyal to Col Gaddafi are making gains against rebels in Zawiya and Ras Lanuf by use of superior firepower, aircraft and tanks.

Pro-Gaddafi forces have wrestled back control of territory previously held by the opposition following a major military offensive.

Its civil war now!

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"I think it's important that the countries of Europe show political will, show ambition, show unity in being clear that Colonel Gaddafi must go and that his regime is illegitimate that what it is doing to his people is completely unacceptable. We are going to step up today, in the European Council, measures to isolate that regime and measures to put pressure on that regime and we should plan for every eventuality as I've been arguing now for around two weeks, this is absolutely vital work."

He also said this was the moment for Europe to show real ambition about the "democratic awakening" in North Africa.
He added:
"This is a potentially good moment for our world and we should grab it, seize it and shape it."

Gaddafi is everyone’s problem.

And it is a problem that needs a solution.

It is disappointing that China and Russia should effectively take a back seat and not concern themselves with this issue as not their problem.

It is the problem of everyone who believes in human rights, democracy and freedom.

We should be on the playing field, not benched.

And the whole team should be playing at the United Nations.

For the sake of the Libyan people!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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