Foreign Minister’s statement on NATO decision to engage in enforcing no-fly zone over Libya

25.03.2011. 19:03

Concerning NATO member countries' decision that NATO assumes command and control of the no fly zone over Libya, Foreign Minister Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis has issued the following statement:

"The decision by NATO, adopted last night following lengthy negotiations, on taking charge of enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya is a concrete contribution by all NATO members to the implementation of the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 1973. Latvia, already earlier, has voiced its political support to the UNSCR 1973.

In a situation that has developed in Libya, it is unacceptable for the international community to remain in an observer’s role. The people of Libya, however, should themselves decide their future, and therefore conditions should be put in place for them to do so freely.

NATO's engagement in the enforcement of an arms embargo and a no-fly zone consolidates a joint response from the international community, the aim of which is to protect Libya’s civilians from the brutal actions by the Gaddafi regime, and raises hope that a sustainable solution will be achieved.

In a future perspective, it is vital that the international community agrees on a joint concerted action that would be in keeping with the needs of the Libyan people and lay the foundation for further development of the country and the community.

On 29 March, London is to host a conference on Libya to be attended also by the Latvian Foreign Minister. The conference will debate further action and specify the involvement required for carrying out the decisions taken."