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Merkel wary of military engagement in Libya

The Local · 12 Mar 2011, 08:35

Published: 12 Mar 2011 08:35 GMT+01:00

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"Given the situation today, I don't see a military engagement," Merkel said, putting the brakes on a push by France and to a lesser extent Britain for tougher action against Muammar Qaddafi's regime.

However, "each day presents us with a new situation," she added after an emergency summit of European Union leaders in Brussels.

Merkel stressed that in all cases, "a clear legal basis," which the bloc accepts means a United Nations Security Council resolution, would be required for military intervention, based on demonstrable need and strong support from regional partners.

"If all the conditions are met, we could look at whether it should be on the table," she said.

But for now, Berlin wants to "wait and see how things evolve."

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry in Berlin said a high-ranking German diplomat spoke by phone with the "foreign minister" of the Libyan opposition on Friday.

"Within the framework of contacts with the Libyan opposition, there was a conversation between a high-ranking German diplomat with the 'foreign minister' of the opposition National Council, Ali Aziz Al-Eisawi," the ministry said.

"In this conversation, the German side said that a new Libyan government must come from elections and be representative as well as inclusive," the German foreign ministry said.

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"Contacts will be continued."


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13:40 March 12, 2011 by Frenemy
(accidentally posted this on another thread)

I think Angie is right, but if it does come down to a military engagement, we should stay out of this and let the Arabs handle this themselves.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been talking about setting up their equivalent of NATO for years, well now is their chance. The GCC has everything they need to effect a no-fly-zone, insert peace-keeping troops and conduct stability operations.

For C2: the Saudis have AWACS, UAVS and the Egyptians have E-2Cs; for SEAD missions the UAE has F-16s and Mirage 2000s; as for helicopters, they all have Apaches, Blackhawks and Chinooks; for troop transport and resupply logistics Egypt and Qatar have C-130s and C-17s.

So you see, everyone has something to bring to the party. After all, why have we been selling them all this advanced weaponry all these years if they're not gonna do something useful with it?

We should stay out of this and let the Arabs clean this up. The West has enough on its plate already...
15:56 March 12, 2011 by Sastry.M
Frau Chancellor Merkel is absolutley right from German standpoint both concerning legal basis as well as international norms. Britain and France as former colonial powers may enjoy certain privileges concerning such matters but Gemany is deprived of such things due total surrender to their former victors and hence are only obliged to abide by internationally accepted U.N standards.
16:50 March 12, 2011 by wenddiver
Kind of figured that would be her position, once it became obviouse that there was no support for war in the US other than our do nothing President shooting his mouth off again, with once again no intention of doing anything. For once his inaction is a good thing.

As for this illussion of the French that they are a World power, I assume that Mr. Sarkozy's General's enlightened him. France could prove us wrong by going it alone, or taking that Franco-German Brigade with him to war, but that is unlikely.
15:33 March 13, 2011 by Major B
Nope. Bowing to criticisms, and watching to world opinion he again is not standing by his beliefs and just threatened The Libyan regime. D#&n it!!! Here Britan and France are together on an UN resolution. Arab League calls for airstriks. And we have to put ourselves in it. And if there was U.S. airstrike there would be no critisms within the U.S. cause airstrikes appear to be easy and painless to the uninformed public.

No U.S. involvement. Period. Nada. Zip. Nien. D*&n it!!!
15:55 March 14, 2011 by wenddiver
She didn;t seem so wary of a Military option when she thought the US was going to do the fighting, and France and Germany just go along for the ride.

The US isn't coming, so she better sit on here little French friend, before she gets another historic first, the EU's first war they are unprepared to fight.
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