2011/03/24

Statement by TNC on UN Security Council Resolution 1973

Statement by TNC on UN Security Council Resolution 1973

BENGHAZI, LIBYA – 22 March 2011 – The Transitional Interim National Council welcomes the UN Security Council resolution 1973 (2011), as well as the outcome of the Paris meeting held on 19th of March, 2011, and commends all efforts exerted to expedite the implementation of the resolution, especially with regards to the imposition of the No-Fly Zone and the aerial attacks against Qadhafi’s brigades, which were approaching to enter the city of Benghazi and bombarding the city from all directions. The coalition aerial attacks prevented a genocide in the city, forced Qadhafi’s brigades to retreat away from the city, and brought back tranquility in the hearts of innocent civilians who had initiated to move away from the city.
While the Council is surprised by the statements of some countries and figures who have criticized the use of force against Qadhafi’s brigades which were bombarding the densely populated cities before the eyes of the international community, whereas Qadhfi is accusing the resolution with illegitimacy, confirming his non-compliance with it, threating to open armoires and transforming the Mediterranean region into a battle field, The Council affirms that the use of force by the international coalition was in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Security Council resolution referred to above which calls on all States to use all necessary measures to protect civilians. In this regard, the Council calls upon all States to bear their responsibilities towards the massacres perpetrated against the civilians, especially in the city of Misurata for bombarding all vital sites in the city as well as the intense bombardment of the city of Azzintan after cutting off all means of communications, water and electricity and preventing all humanitarians assistance for these two cities.
The Council warns the international community of the crimes perpetrated by the Qadhfi regime including the abduction of the bodies of those who have been killed by Qadhafi’s brigades and shown to the media as causalities of the bombardment of the international forces in order to mislead the world, hence, the Council confirms that there were no casualties due to UN coalition bombing, as confirmed by medical source and eyewitnesses.
The Council reiterates its urgent appeal to the international community and all brotherly and friendly countries to carry out their responsibilities to break the siege and stop the Qadhafi’s bombing against a number of Libyan cities, especially the cities of Misurata and AzZintan and to protect civilians in accordance with Article 4 of the Security Council resolution 1973.