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Germany and China call for Libya ceasefire

The Local · 1 Apr 2011, 08:53

Published: 01 Apr 2011 08:53 GMT+02:00

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Westerwelle, who is visiting China, joined his counterpart Yang Jiechi in Beijing in calling for a ceasefire and a political solution on Friday - even as NATO allies are involved in a military campaign authorized by UN Security Council resolution 1973.

"There can only be a political resolution and we must get the political process underway. That should begin with a ceasefire that Qaddafi must heed to allow the peace process to begin," he told reporters.

His remarks may further annoy Germany's traditional NATO allies, the United States, France and Britain, all of whom are taking part in military action to stop Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi attacking rebels and civilians. While Qaddafi cannot be targeted under the terms of the UN resolution, the coalition wants him ousted from power.

Both Germany and China abstained two weeks ago in the United Nations Security Council in a vote on whether to intervene militarily. Germany's traditional allies are already reportedly disappointed with Germany’s refusal to contribute and its Security Council abstention. Westerwelle's remarks may entrench the view that Germany is siding with China, with whom it has growing economic and political ties, rather than the west.

Liechi said he was “very concerned” by the latest developments in Libya. “We see and hear reports every day that more civilians have been injured and killed and the military action is likely to escalate.

All countries had to follow the “spirit of the Security Council resolution.”

“We should find a solution by diplomatic means,” he said.

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Westerwelle called on Qaddafi to “finally silence the weapons and allow there to be a peaceful political process.”

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09:23 April 1, 2011 by So36
Guido Chamberlain.
09:31 April 1, 2011 by Gilly58
Well, who would have thought eh...NOT! Well done Germany for showing your true colours and putting all its political eggs in the Asian basket! All you need now is Russia to join your party, and you will have cracked it. Good luck!
10:04 April 1, 2011 by Wim van Couveren
Quick editors of 'The Local'!

Find some right-wing think tank in the US or get a BZ right-wing commentary you can copy on your pages, you still have time.

Think about what a great angle you can take as your other feature articles on this subject - like Germany is 'Cowardly' or 'Isolated' or 'opportunistic' for opposing the stupid policies of Sarkozy/Cameron.

The Local is not a 'neutral' observer but sounds more and more like a mouth piece for the US military present in Germany.

The more and more it does this the more it becomes detached from the reality in Germany - and the more insignificant it becomes.
10:06 April 1, 2011 by jtech7
Good job Comrades...
10:33 April 1, 2011 by Englishted
Westerwelle called on Qaddafi to ¦quot;finally silence the weapons and allow there to be a peaceful political process.¦quot;

Westerwelle in wonderland !, what drugs is he on?
11:28 April 1, 2011 by auniquecorn
April Fools!
11:57 April 1, 2011 by LiberalGuy
@wim van couveren

Thank you! I was thinking the same thing not long ago. It's amazing how little of the stories reported on here make it to the Das Spielgel or N24. It shows a real biasis in what they report.

On one hand I believe they do it to incite firey debates (the amount of Muslim related stories on here in amazing) and gain more hits on the website. Thus making them more appealing to advertises.

On the other you could make a case for political bias.

I'm probably going to get banned now...
12:08 April 1, 2011 by idiot
quote LiberalGuy:

> Das Spielgel

*Der Spiegel
12:13 April 1, 2011 by jimscott
Can anybody really believe that Colonel Qaddafi would ever agree to a ceasefire under any circumstances? The guy is barking mad and will never give an inch for anyone.

Westerwelle is living in cloud cuckoo land.
12:29 April 1, 2011 by blogboy
I am not sure if this will do any good. Qaddafi is not looking for a political solution. He wants to stay in power and he has clearly proved that by attacking his own country men. If the international community stepped in tried to negotiate with him, do you really think a dictator with his track record is willing to come to the table? People like him rank with Saddam, Stalin, and Paul Pots. Does the German govt. really think there will be a magical break through and stop the killing by talking about it?
12:30 April 1, 2011 by Englishted
China and Germany.

"Strange bedfellows indeed."
12:33 April 1, 2011 by zeddriver
I'm rather torn on this one.

Germany and China say that Qaddafi MUST heed to a cease fire. What if he doesn't heed a cease fire? Maybe Germany and China will send a note to Qaddafi's mommy and make him go to bed with out dinner.

But, on the other hand. We have been burned by rebels before. We gave aid and weapons to rebels in Afghanistan to kick the Russians out of their country. The thanks we got from those rebels was the Taliban.
12:46 April 1, 2011 by LiberalGuy

Noted :)

damm female, male forms...
12:55 April 1, 2011 by auniquecorn
Westerwelle and Yang Jiechi believe in Unicorns
15:38 April 1, 2011 by rob robertson
If this means an end to bombings. We are all for 'Germany and China's' proposal.

Nato is allowing Libya's forces room to make gain, so as to publicize in the news, only to gain support for bigger bombs among allies. The United Nations was set up to deal with conflicts. The Nato organization was set up as a balance to the Soviet Union.
15:49 April 1, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Listen to all you WARMONGERS. HAHAHAHA

Where are the WMD's, Idiots? Or are you saying the Iraq war was justified too, Dummy? That War deposed a dictator, too. SO basically, you spent 8 years of the Bush Presidency Protesting what you are now advocating?

Screaming your voice Mute and Your Eyes Bloodshot 'Oil War' 'Where are the WDM's'. And now you want to go to War with Gadaffi? With only the CIA and Airforce?

What a bunch of Hypocrites. HAHAHA

Mission Accomplished. HAHAHAHA
16:40 April 1, 2011 by Johnny Cash
Oil Oil Oil Oil Oil Oil. How come Magabe hasn't been deposed for killing his people. No Oil Oil Oil Oil Oil. Westerwelle is backing the right team. American is going down the tubes through their own greed and why should any other nation go down with them. China is their landlord now and has all the money to buy Germanys stuff.
17:23 April 1, 2011 by jaycee7
Germany must get some marks for being pragmatic, but to be so radically opposed to decisions made by its friends in the West, is VERY risky. Let's see how the dice falls.
17:36 April 1, 2011 by Johnne
Sensible people will always be sensible.

@LiberalGuy,idiot, Johnny Cash, derExDeusche.. big up to you for the comments you´ve made here today.
17:52 April 1, 2011 by Englishted
Westerwelle in wonderland !, what drugs is he on?

I found the answer by googling it ,it said quote :

The same as derExDeutsche.
17:55 April 1, 2011 by catjones
Germany and China see Qaddafi as a 'reasonable' man...a guy they can do business with. All you have to do is ask him to stop killing his people and wa-la; the war is over. Now why didn't I think of that?
18:07 April 1, 2011 by 9900lawre
I can see the Colonel quaking in his boots now! Not at the thought of all that ordenance falling on him but Germany and China saying your very naughty so behave yourself.

I can picture it now "Oh okay then if you say so! And by the way you can have some half price oil to say sorry for all the trouble"
18:50 April 1, 2011 by idiot
> damm female, male forms...

18:53 April 1, 2011 by Johnne
I just weep for some ignorant people here who think they know what´s happening all over the world just because they sit in front of their tv watching CNN & FOX NEWS:-) meanwhile they don´t even have a clue of what is going on in their own country not to talk of others.. MY GOD! ignorance,arrogance,greed & imperialistic mentality at work again. I don´t know why some people can´t learn with a mentality that made them wrong for 300 years. Instead of those countries to face the fact and act smartly & responsibly like Germany, they are busy wasting their hard-earned taxpayer´s money on war. Money the citizens and countries don´t have anymore!

We must see the reason why a Mexican is the wealtiest man on earth, a Nigerian; the wealtiest black man on earth (overtaking black americans) China; now the second biggest economy in the world (overtaking Japan) Russia is rising, and developing countries are actually developing at very fast pace, overtaking developed ones. Brothers & Sisters, please mind your own business but play the leadership roles with diplomacy. Libya is sovereign state so allow the Arab League & the African Union handle this matter. Libya is an African country not EU or US! Stop this Oil greed/thirst and spend more time & money in developing the rotting & inambitious youths hanging around Bahnhofs & Parks..teach them Science & Technology, Arts & Entreprenuership so that they can take over from the Warren Buffets, Bill Gates & the Aldi brothers of this world.
22:42 April 1, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
Sensible moral major power leadership from Germany and China. Top US international law experts Professor Richard Falk (Princeton) and Professor Marjorie Cohn (former president of the US National Guild of Lawyers) have slammed the France-UK-US (FUKUS) Alliance attack on Libya that serves only to exacerbate a civil war and increase civilian casualties - as well as increasing Anglo-American control over oil supplies.

The claim by the FUKUS Alliance that they are "protecting civilian lives" rings hollow indeed when one considers that 1950-2005 avoidable deaths (excess deaths from deprivation, deaths that did not have to happen) in countries occupied by France, UK, US and Apartheid Israel in the post-1945 era totalled 142 million, 727 million, 82 million, and 24 million, respectively (see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950") - a damning testament to the contempt that France, the UK, the US and Apartheid Israel have for the civilians of the countries they attack and occupy.
23:01 April 1, 2011 by way2cool
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16:00 April 2, 2011 by willowsdad
Good on you, Germany.

Depressing how many people still fall for the oxymoronic lie of "humanitarian bombing."
00:07 April 3, 2011 by FN Cee
Not that it matters, every problem can be solved, at least for some period of time by force. Force/war and the aggressive use of military assets has always been the way arguments both large and small have been resolved. The strongest, most able and willing-to-fight will win and the weak and unwilling to fight will lose and be subjected to rule ... weakness or perceived weakness is and always has been a provocation and invitation to conquest. Rightness and wrongness has little to do with any war. War is all about geography, politics, money, resources and power. All other descriptions are really just so many words and rhetoric.
00:59 April 3, 2011 by wenddiver
Positin Wanted Bad Guy

Former world leader in evil Management and application seeks position as evil henchman. Looking for psychotic regime with no freedoms or civil rights, prefer standard our military can conquer the world fantasy set up.

Lots of experience trying to subdue freedom and inflicting pain and misery on own people by supporting evil regimes and attacking small countries, genocide, world war, attacking former friends.

Willlng to put aside cultural differences and work with anybody but Allies.

Specializing in double dealind and Allie backstabing.

Contact the Merkel Government at a German Embassy near you.

PS. thanks for your consideration and looking forward to being your partner in losing during the next great world conflaeration- your girls Angie and Guido
04:38 April 3, 2011 by ronasch
Germany has no interests In Libya to defend, but neither does the USA, England, France. War is about power, money, geography not about anything humanitarian. I fail to see any serious reason to be involved in Libya given that the age of oil is coming to an end and would and could be at an end if Obama fulfilled promises made before his election. It is curious that the nations that have money and a promising future have stayed out. The West has always backed the regimes that brought stability to regions rich in resources and might as well continue to do so. Does Obama wanta another Somalia? The three wars are not going well and will result only in more hatred for the USA and England.
09:16 April 3, 2011 by Johnne

I think you just heard the "what drug are you taking slang" so you don´t know how to you use it. Lucky you, I didn´t have time to check this article untill now otherwise I would have given you the right response in time. But anyway, you can sit your lazy ass somewhere with your PC and start posting rubbish here because afterall...you don´t have to do the fighting hmm? you see?? "ignorance & arrogance at work again" why don´t you just read people´s comments if you know you don´t have any senseible thing to contribute here? so you think you can join this forum just because you speak english? cos that´s the only qualification I see..rubbish!!
12:52 April 3, 2011 by way2cool
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