War On Libya and Its Reaction + More Related News (UPDATE) (March – July 20,2011)
US stops bombing Libya but will support NATO
The United States has stopped its bombing and missile attacks on Libya, but will continue the midair re-fuelling and electronic jamming of the Gaddafi troops’ control and communication equipment.
The Pentagon has reiterated that the US armed units that are involved in the Libya operation will now support NATO units.
On Monday US Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft attacked a Gaddafi truck column near the cities of Marsa El Brega and Sirte.
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Italy recognizes Libyan rebels’ interim council: FM
ROME, April 4 (Xinhua) — Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday that his country has decided to recognize the legitimacy of the Interim Transitional National Council established by Libya’s rebels.
“We have decided to recognize the Libyan National Transitional Council as the sole legitimate interlocutor for bilateral affairs with Libya,” Frattini said after talks with council foreign affairs chief Ali al-Isawi.
Frattini would not rule out the possibility of delivering weapons to Libyan rebels as a “last-resort” option. He also accused the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government of using illegal immigration as a weapon.
Frattini announced that Italian planes will be used to transport the wounded from the Misrata hospital to a hospital ship.
France and Qatar have recognized Libyan rebels’ council before Italy.
NATO chief in Turkey as Libya seeks solution to crisis
ANKARA, April 4 (Xinhua) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday for a visit, days after NATO took command of military operations in Libya, while a Libyan envoy is set to visit here hours later to seek a solution to the country’s crisis.
Rasmussen is scheduled to meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul expected to attend the meeting. He will then meet Davutoglu separately.
The two sides will discuss issues on the agenda of an informal meeting of NATO members’ foreign ministers due on April 14-15, according to an earlier Foreign Ministry statement.
The visit came as NATO continued to enforce a no-fly zone by air strikes and implement arms embargo against Libya with naval vessels patrolling the Mediterranean.
Later in the day, Libyan acting Foreign Minister Abdulati Obeidi will also arrive for talks with Turkish authorities, an official from the Foreign Ministry told Xinhua, unwilling to disclose his name.
The Libyan government is seeking a solution to the country’s crisis based on its envoy’s stance, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said Sunday evening after Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou held talks with Obeidi.
Obeidi will continue to deliver the message from Tripoli to Turkey, he said.
The only Islamic country in NATO, Turkey has repeatedly voiced its opposition since West-led air strikes began. However, after days of negotiation, all NATO member states, including Turkey, agreed to take over command of the military operations against Libya.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu nevertheless stressed on several occasions the NATO operations should be limited to protecting civilians and that Turkey would never point a gun at Libya, worrying about finding in Libya another Afghanistan or Iraq war.
A Turkish ferryboat set off from Libya’s Benghazi port to Turkey early on Monday with 420 passengers aboard, including 230 injured taken from the besieged Misrata city and 90 injured and 100 others from Benghazi, Turkey’s semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
The ferry approached the Misrata port last Tuesday but NATO vessels asked the ferry to anchor off Misrata due to security reasons. It had kept waiting 25 miles off Misrata port for five days before being able to dock, Anatolia reported.
Turkey had contacted both the Libyan government and opposition forces to ensure a temporary ceasefire in order to enable the ferryboat to get the injured from Libya, according to the local newspaper Time.
Libyan envoy seeks solution to conflict
BEIJING, April 4 (Xinhuanet) — An envoy of Libyan leader, Moummar Gaddafi, has met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens.
Libya’s acting Foreign Minister, Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi, delivered a message from his country’s embattled leader, saying Libya wants to end fighting in the country.
The Greek Foreign Minister commented on the meeting, saying the Libyan government is working to seek a solution to the current conflict. Obeidi will also travel to Malta and Turkey.
Dimitris Droutsas, Greek Foreign Minister, said, “From what the Libyan envoy told us, it looks like the Libyan regime is seeking a solution. There is a need for a serious effort for peace and stability in the region. Greece will continue towards this effort, offering its services, and we are in contact with all our allies and partners. We will update them on our meeting today and on Greece’s thoughts and proposals.”