‘NZ backs action against Gaddafi’s forces – Key’ – on what (International) LAWFUL basis?
(My comment at end of post).
NZ backs action against Gaddafi’s forces – Key
New Zealand supports the military action the United States and European nations are taking against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, Prime Minister John Key said.
“It supports the UN Security Council resolution demanding the reduction and elimination of violence by the Libyan government against the people of Libya, and also the no-fly zone across Libya because, of course, Gaddafi is using his air space to attack his own people,” Mr Key said on TV One’s Q&A programme on Sunday morning.
He was speaking as cruise missiles and airstrikes were launched against Libya’s air defence positions, clearing the way for air patrols to enforce the no-fly zone.
Mr Key was asked whether New Zealand had moved to impose financial sanctions on Libya, as several other countries had done.
“Not that I’m aware of,” Mr Key said.
“We continue to monitor that situation and look and see whether that’s a requirement…we are part of the international regime when it comes to sanctions, and those that come out of the United Nations, we follow.”
Mr Key was also asked about the agreement the Government signed with Libya last year allowing students to come here to study.
About 300 a year are expected to take it up, earning New Zealand about $30 million.
“It’s the sort of thing we’ll have to take a close look at,” Mr Key said.
“But the people of Libya, I suspect, want their own freedom and their own future and their own opportunities — and the way to deliver that is through education.
“(We) shouldn’t necessarily cut that capacity simply because we don’t agree with the actions of Colonel Gaddafi.”
Mr Key said the Middle East was undergoing substantial change driven by young people.
“So we need to make sure that if we do make any moves that we’re taking appropriate action,” he said.
Comments and questions
Suggest you read the UN Security Council resolution for yourselves, and find the exact section which endorses enforcement of an immediate ‘ceasefire’ with bombs and missiles, in order to ‘protect’ Libyan civilians?
(Can’t find that bit myself – and I’ve looked).
Upon what lawful basis, under International Human Rights Law, is NZ Prime Minister John Key relying, when making this statement?
“It supports the UN Security Council resolution demanding the reduction and elimination of violence by the Libyan government against the people of Libya, and also the no-fly zone across Libya because, of course, Gaddafi is using his air space to attack his own people,” Mr Key said on TV One’s Q&A programme on Sunday morning.John Key.
Which particular section of the above-mentioned UN Security Council resolution, specifically exempts the US-led ‘Coalition’s bombs and missiles from the ‘no-fly’ zone?
Which part of International Law supports the attack on Libya by the US-led ‘Coalition’
forces, none of which are being attacked by Libya?
errrr…….. this attack on Libya (killing civilians in order to ‘protect them) couldn’t possibly have anything to do with Libya’s nationalised oil supplies – could it?
Iraq – all over again????
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