UN Security Council unanimously condemns regime but visiting journalists told ‘fireworks not shooting’

Posted in 1 by Editor on February 27, 2011

“As the Libyan people take their destiny into their hands, as is their right, I hope that the new future for which they yearn, peaceful, prosperous and democratic, will soon be theirs”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, yesterday 26 February 2011

In its Resolution 1970 taken yesterday, the UN Security Council obligated all United Nations Member States to “freeze without delay all funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the individuals or entities” listed in resolution.

The Council imposed a travel ban on Gheddafy, some members of his family and other relatives, as well as senior elements of the administration.

The arms embargo clause of the resolution instructs all Member States to “immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related material of all types, including weapons and ammunition”.

Although the Council recognized that Libya is not party to the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court (ICC), it nevertheless directed Libyan authorities to cooperate fully with the ICC in its investigations of the situation in Libya since 15 February 2011. (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37633&Cr=Libya&Cr1=)

Meanwhile, Sejf al-Islam told foreign journalists visiting Libya on a regime sponsored visit: “Everything is calm, if you hear fireworks don’t mistake it for shooting” (http://www.tripolipost.com/articledetail.asp?c=1&i=5479)

For background information on the UN Security Council, see http://www.un.org/sc/members.asp


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  1. James Galea said, on February 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I would like to share with you guys this moral difficulty. Both the Government and the Opposition in Malta have been very cautious with their statements about the tragedy unfolding in neighbouring Libya. I can understand their reasons. They were certainly worried about possible retaliation by pro-Qaddafi forces in Libya on Maltese nationals (although hundreds have come back over the past 72 hours, even if one remains in Libya we have to think of her/his safety), on the property of Maltese companies in the country and their Libyan employees. They are also certainly thinking of the possibility, even if now this is a remote possibility, of a reversal of the situation. What would be the impact of a hostile Qaddafy on our security and our economy if he were to hold on to power (even if only on the West of Libya)? We are after all only 45 minutes away by air from Tripoli. On the other hand the Alternattiva do not seem to have any difficulty in taking an all out stand. Although I am sure they would be more careful and less heroic if they had the slightest chance of even one seat in parliament at the next elections, their position creates less problems for one’s conscience. What do you guys think?

  2. miriam said, on February 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I send this from somewhere in Libya. One line of our present national anthem says: Allah is the best helper for the oppressed! When the oppressor is gone we will adopt a new anthem but I can tell you that this one line we will keep for sure. Allahu akbar!

  3. Mohamad Bayoumi said, on February 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    The youth of Egypt salutes our Libyan brothers and sisters.

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