"Any such intervention is a violation of Libya's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and is inconsistent with the Charter of the League of Arab States and the principles of the international law," said Ambassador Ahmad in a speech before a meeting of the Arab foreign ministers to discuss the repercussions of the current situation going on in Libya, held at the AL headquarters in Cairo.
Ahmad said "Before adopting a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, the Arab League Council is asked to provide clear answers to stress keenness on respecting Libya's sovereignty, independence and unity and the necessity of preserving the lives of the civilians, stopping violence against the Libyan people and resorting to wisdom and dialogue to meet their aspirations."
"What is happening in Libya is a Libyan national issue and an Arab issue which calls on us to draw up a clear vision for an Arab role regarding the way to help the Libyan people realize their options, and to stop the blood shed, prevent any foreign military intervention and ward off the threats of dividing this Arab country or letting it fall into a civil war," the Ambassador added.
He called for a pure Arab plan to deal with the Libyan issue on the basis of the pan-Arab interests through a political initiative, and not merely through considering the imposition of an air embargo on Libya, in a way to guarantee that no Arab resolution of such an imposition is a mere introduction for foreign intervention and for dividing the country under the pretext of the requirements of the de facto.
Ambassador Ahmed warned that any decision by the Council to impose a no-fly zone on Libya could become a mere legal tool and a legitimate cover in the near future to target Libya militarily by a resolution of the NATO or the UN Security Council in order to legitimize the military intervention.
He stressed the importance that any decision by the Council should include a clear and unequivocal rejection of any foreign military intervention in Libya, and of any role by the international powers in imposing a no-fly zone, reminding "that our experiences as Arabs with the international powers and the UN since the Palestinian cause, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon and the Arab-Israeli conflict have been negative experiences in all their details and repercussions."
Ambassador Ahmed concluded by saying that "Syria affirms that any decision by the AL Council, in order to get unanimous approval, must take into account clear and unequivocal guarantees of the absolute rejection of all forms of foreign intervention in Libya, and the commitment to the national unity and territorial integrity of Libya and its people, along with the need of protecting the Libyan citizens against the air strikes they are subjected to," indicating that the AL must not accept any foreign intervention in Libya or give cover for such intervention or be part of it.
After putting the resolution to the vote, Ambassador Ahmad stated that Syria is not part of this resolution, as it rejects all forms of foreign intervention in Libya's affairs out of its keenness on Libya's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.
Following the announcement of the Syrian stance, Algeria's Foreign Minister and head of the Mauritanian delegation asked for their countries' stances to be registered against the content of the resolution because it has not addressed the remarks and sources of concern expressed by the delegations of Algeria and Mauritania at the first session.
The Arab League resolution included:
- Asking the UN Security Council to assume its responsibility concerning the deterioration of situations in Libya and take the appropriate measures to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and establish safe areas at the places which are exposed to bombardment as precautionary measures to provide protection for the Libyan people and residents in Libya of various nationalities taking into consideration the regional safety and sovereignty of the neighboring countries
- Cooperation and coordination with the Libyan National Transition Council and providing the immediate and continuous support and protection for the Libyans in the face of the serious violations and crimes committed by the Libyan authorities.
- Renewing the call for the member states, friendly countries, international organizations and the Arab and international civil bodies to provide urgent humanitarian aid for the Libyan people and support them in this critical stage by all means. Extending thanks to the countries which provide such aid and the countries that contribute in evacuating the Arab citizens willing to leave Libya.
- Continuing coordination regarding the situation in Libya with the UN, the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the European Union (EU).
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