Libya peace initiative blocked

This video from Greece says about itself:

Demonstration against Libya War and new measures in Greece

In the international Book Exhibition in Thessaloniki there was a book presentation by the “war minister” Venizelos talking about democracy…. Of course this could not be accepted by people.

By Tom Mellen:

West blocks Libya peace resolution

Thursday 16 June 2011

Western countries blocked a United Nations resolution on Wednesday that demanded “a complete end to violence and all attacks against and abuses of civilians” in Libya.

The resolution was drafted by the African Union, whose ad hoc committee on Libya – consisting of ministers from South Africa, Mali, Mauritiania, Uganda and the Republic of Congo – pleaded for “an immediate humanitarian pause in fighting” in the closed-door meeting.

The draft noted that a ceasefire would allow aid groups to see to the “pressing needs of the populations affected.”

The AU insisted that the pause “should be followed by a political process, in particular by starting with an inclusive and consensual transition.”

The process “must be conducted and owned by the Libyan people, involving mututal concessions in a dialogue without predetermined conditions,” the committee said.

After the US and its allies on the security council blocked the draft, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane expressed disappointment that AU peace efforts have been repeatedly ignored.

She said that “all forms of military intervention and bombing must stop now.”

Ugandan minister Ruhakana Rugunda told the security council that Nato’s military intervention in the oil-rich African state was “a return to colonialism.”

He said that it “is wrong to characterise every violence as genocide or imminent genocide so as to use it as a pretext for the undermining of the sovereignty of states.

“Sovereignty has been a tool of emancipation of the peoples of Africa who are beginning to chart transformational paths after centuries of predation by the slave trade, colonialism and neocolonialism,” he said.

Mr Rugunda warned that “careless assaults on the sovereignty of African countries are tantamount to inflicting fresh wounds on the destiny of the African peoples.”

Britain’s ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said later that that “a ceasefire with Gadaffi in place would not be credible” and that Nato will keep bombing until Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi “stops killing his own people.”

Warplanes continued to strike Tripoli today. It was not clear what was hit or how many casualties there were.

Members of Congress sued US President Barack Obama on Wednesday over his decision to drag the country into the conflict in Libya without congressional authorisation: here.

As the theatre of conflict unfolds across the whole of the Middle East and north Africa it is clear that Saudi Arabia is becoming the most active economic and military power – and the one closest to the thinking of Nato and both the Obama and western European governments: here.

4 thoughts on “Libya peace initiative blocked


    Congressional opposition to the president regarding the authorization of U.S. military attacks against Libya has opened up a path for a more popular participation in the struggle to end U.S. aggression in North Africa. An IAC petition opened a light on this issue: violation of the War Powers Act. The mass unhappiness with the war on Libya — 70 percent of the population opposing that war in polls — is reflected in the act of Congress challenging the administration, whatever the motivation of the individuals. This mass displeasure is also reflected in the actions of political figures like Cynthia McKinney in traveling to Libya to bring back the truth.

    10 U.S. reps sue Obama over Libya strikes

    The U.S. has now intervened militarily in Libya for almost 90 days. As we wrote last month (see petition), this is a violation of the War Powers Act. For the first time, the Congress has challenged the president regarding the War Powers Act. First the House voted to raise the question with President Barack Obama at the 60-day limit since the March 19 initial bombing raids. Then Republican Rep. John Boehner sent a message warning President Obama that he would have to justify the intervention.

    Then, on June 14, a group of 10 House members, both Democrats and Republicans, announced they would file a brief the next day suing the president for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio initiated the brief. The 10 say that Obama violated the Constitution because he bypassed Congress and used international organizations like NATO and the United Nations to validate the use of military force. They are asking a judge to issue an order that would halt military operations without congressional approval.
    The plaintiffs are Kucinich, John Conyers of Michigan and Michael Capuano of Massachusetts and Republican Reps. Walter Jones and Howard Coble of North Carolina, Tim Johnson and Dan Burton of Indiana, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Ron Paul of Texas. The following is a link to the text of the brief:

    Former House member and 2008 presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney visited Tripoli, Libya, in June on a fact-finding mission and to show solidarity with the embattled people of that North African country. Below we print one of her messages following her return from Libya along with a link to her other reports and photographs.

    June 14 Message from Cynthia McKinney

    Al Fateh University (Arabic: جامعة الفاتح) is the largest and most important institute of higher education in Libya, providing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels of study. It is located in the capital Tripoli. The university was founded as an independent university in 1973 as the University of Tripoli when the University of Libya was divided up. It is home to more than 45,000 students with a faculty of more than 2,500. TUITION IS FREE.

    On June 14, NATO bombed this civilian university, damaging the library and disrupting the end term preparations for final exams. Several buildings suffered serious structural damage, and much of the library’s stock was ruined. Students and university staff pitched in to do a major cleanup of black dust and smoke damage. If it weren’t for a last-minute scheduling change, two of the damaged buildings would have been packed with students, and hundreds, if not thousands, would have been killed. Fortunately, no one was killed.

    Link to all of Cynthia McKinney’s updates from Libya, including pictures:


    The IAC has promoted a petition since before May 19 demanding that Congress use the War Powers Act to stop bombing Libya! Already tens of thousands of messages have been sent to senators, representatives, administration officials and the media supporting these demands. To sign the leaflet, go to:


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