NATO sees India`s abstention on Libya positively

The US-led NATO has taken a positive view of India`s abstention on the UN Security Council vote on military intervention in Libya.

Brussels: The US-led NATO has taken a
positive view of India`s abstention on the UN Security Council
vote on military intervention in Libya, saying it showed the
world was united in opposing the actions of Muammar Gaddafi.

India had also supported the United Nations Resolution
for recognising the former rebel National Transitional Council
(NTC) and for handing over Libya`s UN seat to it.

Giving an unexpected positive spin to India`s abstention,
a NATO official said, "India voted with knowledge that its
abstention would lead to the passage of the resolution."

"Every country has to decide for itself. India`s decision
was to abstain and not to vote. That decision contributed to
the fact that the resolution was through," the NATO official
said, adding that "What happened subsequently was clearly
indicative at the time the people were voting, which is one of
the reasons that certain countries had abstained.

He said, "I think India`s vote to abstain reflected an
agreement on that fundamental reality as indeed was already
clear by 1973 previous UN Security Council Resolution
provision when India voted in favour."

The NATO official said, "Russia, which does have a Veto,
knew that its abstention would mean that the resolution passed
and it was comfortable with that."

He said the action against Libya came, "Because the
entire world was united in the notion that what Muammar
Gaddafi was doing in Libya was unacceptable.

There may have been disagreements about what exactly to
do about it and how to do it, but there was no disagreement
internationally that what was happening inside Libya was
completely unacceptable."

PTI

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