External forces cannot decide regime change in Libya: India

India out with a strong message that "external powers" cannot decide the regime change in Libya after a strong demand was made in the Lok Sabha that the House unanimously pass a resolution condemning allied airstrikes on Libya.

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Tuesday out with a strong
message that "external powers" cannot decide the regime change
in Libya after a strong demand was made in the Lok Sabha that
the House unanimously pass a resolution condemning allied
airstrikes on that country.

The House saw an impromptu discussion on the issue when SP
chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised it with almost all members
ranging from the Left to the BJP condemning the air strikes on
Libya by the US-led allied forces.
At the same time, they expressed their support to those
striving for democracy in the north African oil-rich nation
ruled for over four decades by Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

"The Lok Sabha has to condemn the attack on Libya.
Innocent civilians have been killed and Parliament cannot keep
quiet," Yadav said.
Responding to the concerns expressed by members, Leader of
the House Pranab Mukherjee said the government has already
expressed its unhappiness over the intervention of allied
countries against Libya.

"No external powers should interfere in it.... What is
happening in Libya is an internal affair of that country," he
said.

"Nobody, no two or three countries can take a decision to
change a particular regime in a third country," Mukherjee
said.

"Whether a regime will change or not will depend on the
people of that particular country, not by any external
forces," he said.

India has regretted the air strikes by the US-led
coalition forces in Libya and called upon all the parties to
abjure use of force and resolve the differences through
peaceful means.

An External Affairs Ministry statement on Sunday said
India hoped that the air strikes would not harm innocent
civilians, foreign nationals and diplomatic missions and their
personnel, who are still in Libya.

Participating in the discussion, Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M)
said the House should condemn the brutal attack on Libya and
recalled that the Lok Sabha had deplored the aggression of
Iraq by the US.

He, as also Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), appreciated the stand
taken by the Government on Libya, but said it was not enough.

"In the name of unseating Gadaffi, thousands of innocent
Libyans are being killed in the NATO bombings. Another Iraq
and another Afghanistan is being created," Dasgupta said.

"We are against Gadaffi but do not believe in NATO
bombings. It is a war for oil," he said.

PTI