Examination of Mediation versus Military Intervention to Assist Regions Wracked by Conflict Focus of General Assembly Debate as It Enters Fourth Day
Sixty-sixth General Assembly
22nd, 23rd & 24th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)
Leaders Can No Longer Use Sovereignty as ‘Wall to Violate Rights of Citizens’,
Some Say; Others Say Mediation Less Costly, Saves Lives, Aligns with UN Charter
Consideration of the appropriate use of mediation and military intervention took the fore today as the General Assembly held the fourth day of the general debate of its sixty-sixth session, with the representatives of the transitional Libyan, Egyptian and Somali authorities taking the floor and international options for dealing with other turmoil in the region continuing to garner much debate.
While addressing this year’s theme, “the role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful means”, delegates also considered a wide range of concerns, from organized crime to debt relief to the need to make progress in the negotiations on an effective climate change protocol. Many representatives also weighed in on the Palestinian application for admission to the Organization as a fully fledged Member State.
Taking the floor early this afternoon, the Chairman of the National Transitional Council Executive Office of Libya, lamenting the shedding of the “sacred blood” of more than 30,000 martyrs, credited the intervention of the United Nations and regional organizations with preventing the loss of more civilian lives, after Security Council resolutions 1970 (2011) and 1973 (2011) put sanctions on the Qadhafi regime, imposed a no-fly zone and authorized “all means necessary” to protect civilians.
Under that authorization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) attacked heavy weaponry of the Qadhafi regime in an extensive air campaign. Calling the international community a “faithful friend” that was now needed as a “trustworthy partner” in helping to rebuild the country under the ownership of the Libyan people, he affirmed that the intervention had served to stop Mr. Qadhafi’s massacre.