Obama pushes for `collective` effort in Libya

US President Barack Obama has underlined the need for "collective" action in Libya where enforcement of UN resolution, authorising the use of force, is now under NATO control.

Updated: Mar 30, 2011, 10:28 AM IST

New York: US President Barack Obama has
underlined the need for "collective" action in Libya where enforcement of UN resolution, authorising the use of force, is now under NATO control.

"We believe that the world is more secure and the
interests of the United States are best advanced, when we act
collectively," Obama said at the inauguration of the Ronald H
Brown United States Mission to the UN building here.

"The burden of action should not always be America`s
alone," he told the audience. "So in Libya today we see a
broad and growing coalition, including Arab partners."

On February 26, the UN Security Council slapped
sanctions on the Libyan regime including an arms embargo, an
asset freeze and travel ban on Gaddafi and his loyalists, and
a referral to the Hague-based International Criminal Court.

In March, the Security Council called for an immediate
ceasefire, establishing a no-fly zone and authorised "all
necessary measures" for protecting civilians in Libya.

India, China, Russia, Brazil and Germany had abstained
from voting on the resolution.
Obama made a strong case for intervention to protect
human rights and stop atrocities when other options had failed
in the North African country.

"We believe that force should not be the first
option," Obama said. "We understand the costs and risks
involved in the use of force."

"What we`ve learned from bitter experience -- from the
wars that were not prevented, the innocent lives that were not
saved -- is that all that`s necessary for evil to triumph is that good people and responsible nations stand by and do nothing," he added.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as
representatives from more than 30 countries, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday attended a
conference on Libya in London.

"When the air strikes began, government forces were
poised to enter Benghazi," Ban said in London. "A bloodbath
appeared to be inevitable."

PTI