India says it authorises far reaching measures on Libya

After abstaining from voting for a resolution in the UN Security Council imposing a no-fly zone over battle-torn Libya, India today said it authorises far reaching measures with "relatively little credible" information.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 20:51 PM IST

New Delhi: After abstaining from voting
for a resolution in the UN Security Council imposing a no-fly
zone over battle-torn Libya, India today said it authorises
far reaching measures with "relatively little credible"
information on the situation on the ground in Libya.
Maintaining that it has been following with "serious
concern" the developments in Libya, which have led to loss of
numerous lives and injuries to many more", it said: "We
deplore the use of force, which is totally unacceptable, and
must not be resorted to. We are very concerned with the
welfare of the civilian population and foreigners in Libya."

India also said that it has not had the benefit of the
report of the Special Envoy appointed by the UN Secretary-
General or even a report from the Secretariat on his
assessment as yet which would have given it an objective
analysis of the situation on ground.

"The African Union (AU) is also sending a High Level
Panel to Libya to make serious efforts for a peaceful end to
the crisis there. We must stress the importance of political
efforts, including those of the Secretary-General`s Special
Envoy, to address the situation," it said in its Explanation
of Vote.
"The resolution that the Council has adopted today
authorises far reaching measures under Chapter VII of the UN
Charter with relatively little credible information on the
situation on the ground in Libya.

"We also do not have clarity about details of
enforcement measures, including who and with what assets will
participate and how these measures will be exactly carried
out. It is, of course, very important that there is full
respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of
Libya," the Explanation of Vote said.

New Delhi also said that the financial measures that
are proposed in the resolution could impact, directly or
through indirect routes, ongoing trade and investment
activities of a number of member-states thereby adversely
affecting the economic interests of the Libyan people and
others dependent on these trade and economic ties.

"Moreover, we had to ensure that the measures will
mitigate and not exacerbate an already difficult situation for
the people of Libya. Clarity in the resolution on any spill-
over affects of these measures would have been very
important," it said.

However, it clearly said that India would like to re-
emphasize that it continues to be gravely concerned about the
deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya and calls on the
Libyan authorities to cease fire, protect the civilian
population and address the legitimate demands of the Libyan
people.

Five nations, including China, India and Russsia,
abstained from voting at the UNSC for a resolution approving a
no-fly zone over Libya and authorising "all necessary
measures" to protect civilians in the strife-torn North
African country.

PTI