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Brüderle wants Libya's assets for relief aid

The Local · 16 Apr 2011, 13:14

Published: 16 Apr 2011 13:14 GMT+02:00

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According to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel, the minister suggested in an internal memo that the Libyan dictator's frozen assets in Germany and other European countries should be transferred to the United Nations to fund a humanitarian mission in Libya.

The magazine says that Qaddafi has €6 billion frozen in Germany, which, according to Brüderle, "could pay for humanitarian deliveries to alleviate the distress of the population in the whole of Libya."

The memo rules out Germany acting unilaterally, for legal reasons, but says a European Union initiative would be possible. "It needs the cooperation of the EU community," it says.

Brüderle said there was nothing in international law preventing the EU from now confiscating Qaddafi's money.

The EU froze all of the Libyan regime's European bank accounts following its military campaign against the opposition forces. It's stated intention is to give this money to the Libyan people.

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13:42 April 16, 2011 by tallady
This does not have the appearance of creditability or honesty. His assest are frozen to prevent him from gaining more war materials and to force him to step down ,now they want to steal it .Where will this end?

If Germany or anyone else wants to provide humanitarian aid great but do it at your expense.

Justify this and it will get easier and easier in the future to blatantly take what is not yours.
14:00 April 16, 2011 by bugger
property from Libyans should not be used to finance actions of EU in Libya than to finance poor Libyans.
16:22 April 16, 2011 by Sastry.M
Does the constitution of NATO contain laws and bylaws to support freedom movements by its sovereign member states in the internal struggles of non member and non European countries posing no military threat to the Organisation?

Benevolent support to poor and oppressed people rebelling for freedom from oppression should be extended by distinguished nations of power with international standards of dignified fairness and legality but not simply dropping bombs by taking side of one group as if in a battle of street urchins against an earlier legally recognized despotic state by the same democratic powers.
21:49 April 16, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
What will it take to make the collective mind of the world realize that this war is nothing more the simple naked aggression?

A respected German military strategist once stated that "war is but the extension of politics" if this is true, what does this illegal, amoral, unjust, western crusade say about the politics of the West?

Our civilization is at risk when might makes right, when the ends justify the means. War has never, will never build an advanced civilzation. All the human race has accomplished is at risk of destruction by the forces of ignorance.
21:59 April 16, 2011 by 9900lawre
Assets are taken from druglords and criminals every day and used or sold in order to fight futher crime or compensate victims of crime.

The bigger you are the harder you fall.

And no one said that his assets would pay for the next 5000lb bomb that could fall on his head.
23:59 April 16, 2011 by Landmine
It's about time someone stop this idiot Qaddafi, by whatever means possible...
08:41 April 17, 2011 by storymann
9900lawre,you must mean the RICO act, the most abused and corruptive legislation in the USA.
10:03 April 17, 2011 by Revelation1000
"Well, I'm obviously disappointed. I thought there were I thought we'd find weapons of mass destruction, as did the world...On the other hand, I believe we made the right decision because Saddam Hussein was not only a tyrant, but he was a threat to world peace. He had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction. Even though we hadn't found the weapons themselves, we certainly know he (had) the capacity." Laura Bush

Wonder what Mrs Obama will say about Libya... probably... "My husband won the Nobel Peace Prize and he didn't figure he would ever bomb an African country, but Hillary, Samantha and Susan bullied him into it. I do feel a bit sorry for all those black foreign workers the islamist rebels killed and tramatized, but in the end all the death and destruction in Libya has made the world a more peaceful place."
12:47 April 17, 2011 by narfmaster
@tallady -- This will all end when Qaddafi is ousted. Whether you agree with Western intervention or not, it must be clear to all that now that the West has signed on to take him out, they have committed to doing so. If it takes 1 year or 10. It's only a matter of time and money. Qaddafi is no longer considered a citizen of the world and has no rights.

Whether or not the West should be involved at all...well...People all over the world have wanted him out since the 80's. If he's gone, there is a chance there will be another tyrant or a democracy. The question is this: Is it worth the money spent by the West to make that gamble, or is the status quo better. The West has voted for the gamble.
15:38 April 17, 2011 by Sastry.M
Great Revelation 1000 @#8 now in 2011! The Indian scriptures entirely concern and exhaustively discuss all aspects of human nature relating to human mind and individual human beings led by it's vagaries until they gain control and achieve mastery over it. A saying in sanskrit " Kamaturanam na Bhayam na Lazza" means that 'a man beset with an intense self serving desire cares no fear or sense of shame' For him might is right and welfare of others should comply to his wishful thinking rather than unbiased objective reality.

Probably Saddam became too wise having acquired power with earlier U.S support to his Baa'th Party and conferred academic degrees with distant education, hence being tolerated to enjoy power for more than three decades. Until G.W. Bush realized that his grandfather erred in supporting dictatorships with clandestine economic deposits and declared an open fight against terrorism and tyrannizers having un-learnt his ignorance with the Fall of Towers.

Conspicuous of note is the Guru of modern Terrorism Osama Bin Laden lurking safely in deep caves of Afghanistan and whom the best U.S scientific technology could not bring into open light while Saddam and Gaddafi remained with their people facing fair judgment before protectors of Democracy with the former noosed down into the pit of hell for his sin of developing miraged weapons of mass destruction and the latter currently undergoing trials with his open compound blasted out with guided bombs.
17:50 April 18, 2011 by tallady
narfmaster I hope you are correct that it does end with Qaddafi and no doubt you are correct in your assessment of him. My concern is that Gov. may find it to easy to freeze and take whats not theirs,would not be the first time.The money belongs to the people of Libya and they should decide its use not Germany or any other nation.
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