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Antara Presiden Medvedev, Perdana Menteri Putin Dan Kekecewaan Gaddafi Pada Sikap Abstain Rusia

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev (Kiri) dan Perdana Menteri Vladimir Putin

Jakarta, 24//3/2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Hampir sepekan invasi 3 negara terjadi di Libya dengan dalih melaksanakan keputusan Resolusi PBB Nomor 1973 tentang zoba bebas terbang atau No Fly Zone ( NFZ ) terhadap Libya yang dipimpin oleh orang kuat yang selalu berpakaian nyentrik Muammar Al Gaddafi.

Setelah hampir sepekan dilaksanakan oleh 3 negara maka dalam waktu yang tidak akan lama lagi, aksi militer terhadap Libya akan dipimpin oleh NATO.

Sehingga semua pihak akan menyaksikan bahwa  aksi militer di Libya ( mengapa ) belum menunjukkan tanda-tanda akan diakhiri.

Sejumlah politisi di Indonesia juga sudah mulai menunjukkan ketidak-senangan atas intervensi asing pada masalah Libya.

Memang kalangan sipil harus dan mutlak dilindungi di Libya tetapi membiarkan kekuatan militer asing memasuki wilayah sebuah negara adalah sebuah tindakan yang tidak seharusnya dibiarkan terjadi dalam sistem pemerintahan manapun juga.

Banyak pihak yang juga berspekulasi, mengapa depot dan ladang-ladang minyak di Libya yang justru ikut dihancurkan.

Lalu basis-basis militer Libya, ikut  dihancurkan.

Lho, selama ini Libya adalah sebuah negara yang diakui keberadaannya dalam tatanan dunia.

Sehingga, apa yang menjadi aset-aset penting didalam sebuah negara, jangan dihancurkan sebab itu hanya akan mendatangkan kerugian sangat amat besar di kemudian hari.

Dan kalau berbicara soal perkembangan di Libya, yang sangat menarik untuk dicermati adalah peran Rusia.

 

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev (Kiri) dan Perdana Menteri Vladimir Putin

 

Russian Prime Minister Putin says Security Council resolution on Libya “flawed”

 

Sepekan ini dunia dibuat terkesima dengan panggung politik dan kebijakan luar negeri Rusia yang dipimpin oleh duet Dmitry Medvedev sebagai Presiden dan Vladimir Putin sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Dalam sidang darurat Dewan Keamanan PBB akhir pekan lalu, Rusia tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka saat pengambilan suara ( voting ) terkait perlu tidaknya PBB menetapkan kebijakan No Fly Zone (NFZ ) terhadap Libya.

Bila kebijakan NFZ itu ditetapkan sebagai Resolusi remi dari badan dunia PBB, maka semua tindakan militer akan dianggap sah dan legal.

Rusia memilih sikap ABSTAIN.

Dan Rusia tidak sendirian memilih untuk abstain tadi.

Selain Rusia, Jerman, China, India dan Brazil juga mengambil sikap abstain.

Memasuki hari ketiga pelaksanaan invasi militer ( atau dalam istilah lain yang digunakan oleh PBB adalah MILITARY ACTION ), Perdana Menteri Rusia Vladimir Putin mengeluarkan pernyataan yang sangat mengejutkan.

Ia mengkritik dengan keras pelaksanaan serangan militer terhadap Libya.

Putin juga menyebut bahwa keputusan RESOLUSI Dewan Keamanan PBB yang menetapkan kebijakan No Fly Zone terhadap Libya adalah sebuah keputusan yang cacat.

Putin mengecam keras kebijakan Dewan Keamanan PBB ini karena dianggap merupakan sebuah panggilan untuk terciptanya perang salib.

 

Perdana Menteri Rusia Vladimir Putin dalam acara konferensi pers di Serbia, 23 Maret 2011. Putin saat ini sedang melakukan kunjungan ke Serbia.

 

 

 

Dalam hitungan menit, pernyataan Putin diberitakan oleh media internasional ke seluruh dunia.

Namun beberapa jam kemudian, Rusia kembali mengejutkan dunia.

Presiden Dmitry Medvedev mengatakan bahwa Rusia memang memilih untuk tidak terlibat dalam aksi militer Libya tetapi tidak membenarkan serangan terhadap sipil yang dilakukan oleh rezim Muammar Gaddafi.

Medvedev secara tidak langsung ingin menampik pernyataan sebelumnya dari Putin yang sempat sangat keras mengecam aksi militer ke Libya.

Sang Presiden merasa perlu untuk bicara kepada dunia untuk menetralisir situasi pasca keluarnya pernyataan Perdana Menteri yang sangat amat keras, sinis dan begitu tidak senang atas “invasi militer asing” di Libya.

Debat antara Medvedev dan Putin ditutup dengan pernyataan berikutnya dari Putin bahwa semua kecaman dirinya terhadap keputusan Dewan Keamanan PBB adalah pernyataan pribadi.

Menurut Putin, kebijakan luar negeri Rusia ada di tangan Presiden Medvedev sehingga setiap pernyataan Presiden Medvedev-lah yang harus dirujuk sebagai kebijakan politik luar negeri Rusia mengenai Libya.

Medvedev tidak sedikitpun berkata-kata sangat keras tentang PBB.

Ia menjaga betul setiap pernyataannya.

Pemimpin Libya, Kolonel Muammar Al Gaddafi

 

Dan dari Libya, Muammar Gaddafi tak segan-segan mengungkapkan kekecewaannya terhadap Rusia.

Menurut Gaddafi, jika memang Rusia tak setuju atas invasi militer asing ke Libya, mengapa Rusia justru bersikap abstain dan tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka saat sidang darurat Dewan Keamanan PBB dilaksanaan saat pengambilan voting tentang No Fly Zone (NFZ).

Tetapi walaupun mengecam sangat keras atas sikap Rusia yang tidak mau memveto, Muammar Gaddafi secara jujur berterimakasih kepada 5 negara yang telah memilih sikap abstain.

Gaddafi tetaplah Gaddafi.

Ia tetap bicara dengan sangat amat cuek di jejaring sosial TWITTER.

MuammarLGaddafi

Plaid-Gaddafi

Twitter adalah sarana Gaddafi untuk mengekspresikan setiap bentuk kemarahan, kekecewaan, kenakalannya dalam berkata-kata, rasa humor yang tetap tinggi dalam mengejek invasi asing ke negaranya dan untuk memberitahukan setiap kebijakan yang diambilnya.

Dan Gaddafi memiliki begitu banyak akun TWITTER.

( Tetapi untuk setiap orang yang jeli memperhatikan kata demi kata yang digunakannya lewat akun-akun TWITTER itu, akan bisa dikenali yang mana yang dituliskan oleh Gaddafi secara pribadi ).

Dan apapun yang dituliskan oleh Gaddafi dalam akun-akun TWITTER yang digunakannya, muara dari semua ungkapan Gaddafi adalah kemarahan yang sangat mendalam atas kesewenang-wenangan asing menginvasi negaranya.

Para pemberontak ( rebels ) seakan dianggap pahlawan.

Pertanyaannya, di negara mana ada kelompok sipil bersenjata yang bisa dibiarkan menguasai sejengkal saja terorial dan kedaulatan dari negara  ?

Di Indonesia, yang namanya pemberontak akan dihadapi secara tegas oleh negara.

Sebutlah misalnya di Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, sempat eksis kelompok separatis Gerakan Aceh Merdeka ( GAM ).

Atau di Papua, sampai saat ini berdiri Organisasi Papua Merdeka ( OPM ).

Inilah dua kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ) yang sangat amat kuat eksistensinya di Indonesia.

Di Papua sana, sedikit saja berkibar bendera OPM, maka aparat keamananan akan langsung menurunkan bendera bintang kejora.

Di setiap negara terhadap kelompok sipil bersenjata yang memberontak terhadap pemerintahannya.

Dan di negara manapun, kalangan sipil tidak diperkenankan untuk memiliki senjata api yang menyamai, menandingi atau bahkan mengalahkan persenjataan kalangan militer dan aparat keamanan di negara tersebut.

Setiap kelompok pemberontak di semua negara ( entah itu masuk dalam kategori separatis, ekstrimis atau radikalis ), pasti akan berhadapan dengan aparat resmi dari masing-masing negara tadi.

Setiap kelompok pemberontak di semua negara, hampir sama misi perjuangannya yaitu menjatuhkan pemerintah, membentuk pemerintahan sendiri dan bahkan kalau bisa mendirikan negara sendiri.

Sehingga, Resolusi Dewan Keamanan PBB memang pantas dipertanyakan jika dalam implementasinya di Libya, justru diarahkan untuk misi membela kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ).

Ini sinyalemen yang sangat mengkuatirkan bagi setiap pemerintah atau negara manapun didunia ini.

Sebab, indikasi dukungan dari badan dunia PBB kepada kelompok pemberontak ( rebels ) di Libya, menjadi sebuah inspirasi bagi kelompok pemberontak di negara-negara lain untuk melakukan “perjuangan mulia yang sama”.

Para pemberontak Libya memegang senjata di Benghazi, 23 Maret 2011

Artinya, dari awal sudah salah kaprah kalau kelompok anti Gaddafi di Libya menamakan diri mereka sebagai REBELS ( pemberontak ).

Tidak akan kepala pemerintahan atau kepala negara manapun didunia ini yang mau kalau kelompok pemberontak, separatis, radikalis atau ekstrimis di negaranya, akan mendapat pembenaran dan dukungan resmi dari badan dunia sekelas PBB.

Kembali ke masalah Rusia.

Yang menarik untuk disimak ini adalah kepatuhan Vladimir Putin kepada Sang Presiden.

Padahal semua tahu bahwa sesungguhnya, Putin adalah senior dari Medvedev.

Tetapi, Putin menunjukkan kepada dunia bahwa sebagai Perdana Menteri ia patuh dan tunduk kepada presidennya.

Putin menjadi inspirasi kepada dunia bahwa setiap pimpinan harus dihormati.

Moscow menunjukkan panggung politik yang dewasa dan mengagumkan.

Gaddafi tak perlu terlalu berlebihan mengecam sikap abstain Rusia.

Sebab walaupun brutalitas kelompok pemberontak di Libya sudah berlebihan dalam melawan pemerintahnya, kekerasan yang juga telah dilakukan oleh Gaddafi terhadap sipil di negaranya juga tak bisa ditolerir.

( Tetapi kalau boleh lebih leluasa dalam menganalisa, bisa jadi sebenarnya Muammar Gaddafi tak ingin bersikap keras kepada rakyatnya sendiri. Namun, pemberontakan yang terus menerus dilakukan oleh kalangan pemberontak BERSENJATA di Libya yang mengarah pada misi menjatuhkan pemerintah, sesungguhnya bisa dianggap menjadi sebuah tantangan serius kepada pemerintah).

Dan dalam pekan ini, Dewan Keamanan PBB akan kembali bersidang untuk membahas masalah Libya.

Dunia akan melihat, akan seperti apalagikah Rusia memainkan perananannya dalam kerangka ikut menjaga keamanan dan perdamaian dunia.

Baik itu Medvedev atau Putin, keduanya diharapkan sangat serius memanfaatkan setiap momen demi menjaga keamanan dan perdamaian dunia.

Janganlah didukung setiap hal yang misi terselubungnya adalah mencampuri urusan dalam negeri dari negara-negara lain.

Janganlah juga didiamkan setiap hal yang misi terselubungnya adalah menjatuhkan kepala pemerintahan di negara-negara lain ( dengan alasan apapun juga ).

 

Presiden Rusia Dmitry Medvedev saat memberikan keterangan kepada wartawan (21/3/2011) tentang sikap resmi Rusia terhadap masalah Libya

 

Rusia harus tetap bisa menjadi pilar dunia yang kokoh dan tegas dalam bersikap.

Rusia harus tetap menunjukkan panggung politik yang dewasa dan mengagumkan.

Dan Putin menjadi inspirasi dalam tatanan pemerintahan yang sesungguhnya. Ia tidak merasa dirinya paling hebat, paling benar dan lebih berpengalaman dari siapapun.

Sebab dalam sistem pemerintahan, orang nomor satu atau presiden tetaplah orang nomor satu yang harus dihormati.

Pemandangan politik tentang bagaimana menjalankan pemerintahan, telah ditunjukkan oleh para politisi Moscow yang sangat kawakan. Tak ada yang bisa menebak, apakah sebenarnya debat antara Presiden dan Perdana Menteri Rusia tentang Libya adalah sebuah permainan politik atau perdebatan natural yang lumrah terjadi didunia ini.

Yang jelas, Rusia ingin mengatakan kepada dunia bahwa setiap kalangan sipil harus dilindungi dimanapun juga mereka berada.

Tetapi setiap kedaulatan dari masing-masing negara juga harus dihormati ( jadi tidak perlu bagi pihak manapun juga memasukkan agenda menjatuhkan pemimpin negara lain seakan-akan menjadi tren baru kebijakan luar negeri ).

Rusia tidak menggunakan hak veto mereka, pasti karena satu hal yaitu ingin agar situasi di Libya bisa lebih membaik dengan adanya tekanan internasional.

Akan sangat tidak bijaksana bagi Rusia untuk memveto jika pada kenyataannya di lapangan, memang ada kalangan sipil yang terkorbankan di Libya.

Ini memang menjadi sebuah dilema bagi setiap negara yang memilih sikap abstain.

Mereka tak mungkin menggunakan hak veto sepanjang yang terjadi di lapangan masih sangat tidak terkendali.

Sehingga ini jugalah yang harus disadari oleh Gaddafi.

Lindungi kalangan sipil anda ( walaupun apa boleh buat, kelompok pemberontak bersenjata yang sangat ekstrimis di Libya, bisa dengan mudah bersembunyi di balik kedok sebagai “kalangan sipil yang harus didukung dan dilindungi ).

Semoga, ya semoga, keadaan di Libya bisa segera terselesaikan secara baik.

Tidak berkepangan.

Tidak lagi berdarah-darah.

 

 

(MS)

 
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Gaddafi: US bound for dustbin of history

Muammar Al Gaddafi

LIBYA, March 23, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi predicts that the US-led military alliance attacking the North African country will end up in “the dustbin of history.”

As reported by Iranian Television PRESS TV Channel, Gaddafi was addressing a crowd of supporters at his residence near the capital, Tripoli.

“This assault … is by a bunch of fascists who will end up in the dustbin of history,” Gaddafi said in a speech followed by fireworks in Tripoli.

The compound was targeted by Western forces on Sunday night and came under attack in 1986 from the US Reagan administration.

The defiant ruler has pledged that fighting will continue. He also promised his supporters victory over revolutionary and foreign forces.

“We will defeat them by any means … We are ready for the fight, whether it will be a short or a long one … We will be victorious in the end,” he said.

“We will not surrender.”

In other remarks, Gaddafi said he was ready for battle and that he was not afraid of rockets or missiles. He further called for mass protests against the US-led attacks in Libya.

Meanwhile, latest reports say two explosions have been heard in Tripoli before dawn. The blasts were followed by a barrage of anti-aircraft gunfire believed to have come from forces loyal to Gaddafi.

As the US-led NATO bombing campaign against Gaddafi continues, Americans are worried about another extended military mission and some members of Congress are angry they were not consulted by the White House.

US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen has acknowledged that the US-led military invasion of Libya could lead to a deadlock in the North African country.

Mullen, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CBS news in an interview on Sunday that the Western military operation could end in a stalemate with Gaddafi.

The top military commander added that the end-game of the military action in Libya was “very uncertain.”  (*)
 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in World News

 

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Muammar Gaddafi : Libya hands out arms to people in defense against aggressors

Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi

TRIPOLI, LIBYA, March 20, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —- The Libyan authorities have started handing out arms from military depots to the country’s population in response to the U.S.-led attack against Libya, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said in a radio address to the nation on Sunday, as reported by RIA NOVOSTI on Sunday.

“The arms depots have been opened and we have started handing out arms to people,” Gaddafi said.

He said that the military operation launched by the United States and its allies was an “unprecedented war” but the Libyan people “will not surrender.”

Gaddafi also said that the Libyan authorities would eliminate anyone who would collaborate with foreign aggressors which had launched a military operation in Libya.

“This is a new crusade, unprecedented in its treachery. All traitors who will collaborate will be immediately eliminated,” Gaddafi said.

The Libyan leader also said that Libya was preparing for a long-lasting war with foreign aggressors.

“We have nowhere to retreat and you will be defeated,” Gaddafi said, referring to the coalition of foreign states, which had launched air strikes against Libya.

“If all the men are killed, our women will take up the arms,” Gaddafi said.

The military operation against Gaddafi who has ruled the country with an iron fist for more than 40 years began on Saturday, involving the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and other countries.

A new UN Security Council resolution on Libya adopted on Thursday encompasses a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” against forces loyal to Gaddafi.

The U.S. Pentagon reported that a U.S. warship had fired 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Gaddafi’s air defense sites. The U.S. operation is named “Odyssey Dawn”.

Libyan television reported citing military officials that at least 50 civilians were killed and over 150 wounded in military attacks of the coalition forces, adding that many health and education facilities were ruined.  (*)
 
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in World News

 

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Gaddafi vows 'long war' after US, allies strike

File Picture : In this image taken from Libya State TV, broadcast Tuesday March 15, 2011, showing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, as he faces a jubilant crowd, and shown on state TV. Gadhafi's forces are reported to have overwhelmed rebels in the strategic eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, earlier Tuesday, hammering them with airstrikes, missiles, tanks and artillery. (AP Photo / Libya State TV)

 

 

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 20, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) – Muammar Gaddafi vowed a “long war” against the international military force that struck at his forces with airstrikes and dozens of cruise missiles that shook the Libyan capital early Sunday with the sound of explosions and anti-aircraft fire. In the capital of the rebel-held east, the Libyan leader’s guns appeared to go silent, AP reported on Sunday.

State television said 48 people died in the U.S. and European strikes, which marked the widest international military effort since the Iraq war and came as the rebels saw a month’s worth of gains reversed by Gaddafi’s overwhelming firepower.

Rebels said the international strikes also hit an air force complex outside Misrata, the last rebel-held city in Libya’s west. Gaddafi forces have bombarded the city from the complex, which houses a base and a military academy.

In Benghazi, the rebel capital and first city to fall to the uprising that began Feb. 15, people said the strikes happened just in time. Libyan government tanks and troops had reached the edges of the city on Saturday.

Mohammed Faraj, 44, a former military man who joined the rebels, held a grenade in each hand as he manned a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city.

“Me and all of Benghazi, we will die before Gaddafi sets foot here again,” Faraj told The Associated Press. “Our spirits are very high.”

Though the U.S. and Europeans focused their attention on the no-fly zone, the U.N. resolution authorizing the action demanded a ceasefire and authorizes “all necessary means” to protect civilians.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the top U.S. military officer, said the goals of the international campaign “are limited and it isn’t about seeing him go.”

In the phone call to state television, Gaddafi said he would not let up on Benghazi and said the government had opened up weapons depots to all Libyans, who were now armed with “automatic weapons, mortars and bombs.” State television said Gaddafi’s supporters were converging on airports as human shields.

“We promise you a long war,” he said.

The U.S. military said 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from American and British ships and submarines at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force. French fighter jets fired the first salvos, carrying out several strikes in the rebel-held east, while British fighter jets also bombarded the North African nation.

President Barack Obama said military action was not his first choice and reiterated that he would not send American ground troops.

“This is not an outcome the U.S. or any of our partners sought,” Obama said from Brazil, where he is starting a five-day visit to Latin America. “We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy.”

Explosions rocked the coastal cities, including Tripoli, where anti-aircraft guns could be heard firing overnight.

Libyan TV quoted the armed forces command as saying 48 people were killed and 150 wounded in the allied assault. It said most of the casualties were children but gave no more details.

Mullen told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he had seen no reports of civilian casualties as a result of the coalition’s military operation.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it was “deeply concerned” about civilians and called on all sides work to distinguish between civilians and fighters and allow safe access for humanitarian organizations.

Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya for 41 years, said the international action against his forces was unjustified, calling it “simply a colonial crusader aggression that may ignite another large-scale crusader war.”

His regime acted quickly in the run-up to the strikes, sending warplanes, tanks and troops into the eastern city of Benghazi, the rebel capital and first city to fall to the rebellion that began Feb. 15. Then the government attacks appeared to go silent.

Operation Odyssey Dawn, as the allied assault has been dubbed, followed an emergency summit in Paris during which the 22 leaders and top officials agreed to do everything necessary to make Gadhafi respect a U.N. Security Council resolution Thursday calling for the no-fly zone and demanding a cease-fire, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, told reporters in Washington that U.S. ships and a British submarine had launched the first phase of a missile assault on Libyan air defenses.

Gortney said the mission has two goals: prevent further attacks by Libyan forces on rebels and civilians, and degrade the Libyan military’s ability to contest a no-fly zone.

Defense officials cautioned it was too early to fully gauge the impact of the onslaught. But a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the mission was ongoing, said the Americans felt that Libya’s air defenses had been heavily damaged given the precision targeting of the cruise missiles.

Mohammed Ali, a spokesman for the exiled opposition group the Libyan Salvation Front, said the Libyan air force headquarters at the Mateiga air base in eastern Tripoli and the Aviation Academy in Misrata had been targeted.

Switzerland-based Libyan activist Fathi al-Warfali said Misrata came under heavy shelling Sunday.

“Misrata is the only city in western Libya not under Gadhafi’s control; he is trying hard to change its position,” al-Warfala said.

About 20 French fighter jets carried out “several strikes” earlier Saturday, military spokesman Thierry Burkhard told The Associated Press.

“All our planes have returned to base tonight,” he said, and denied a Libyan TV report that a French plane had been hit.

He would not elaborate on what was hit or where, but said French forces are focusing on the Benghazi area and U.S. forces are focused in the west.

The U.S. has struck Libya before. Former President Reagan launched U.S. airstrikes on Libya in 1986 after a bombing at a Berlin disco — which the U.S. blamed on Libya — that killed three people, including two American soldiers. The airstrikes killed about 100 people in Libya, including Gadhafi’s young adopted daughter at his Tripoli compound.  (*)

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in World News

 

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Excerpts of Gaddafi's letters to world leaders

Muammar Al Gaddafi

 

TRIPOLI, LIBYA, March 20, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP) — Excerpts of letters Muammar Al Gaddafi sent to President Barack Obama and others involved in the international coalition supporting the uprising against him:

Letter to Obama:

To our son, the honorable Barack Hussein Obama,

As I have said before, even if, God forbid, there were a war between Libya and America, you would remain my son and I would still love you. I do not want to change the image I have of you. All of the Libyan people are with me, ready to die, even the women and children. We are fighting nothing other than al-Qaida in what they call the Islamic Maghreb. It’s an armed group that is fighting from Libya to Mauritania and through Algeria and Mali. … If you had found them taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do?”

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Letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon:

Libya is not yours. Libya is for the Libyans. The Security Council resolution is invalid because it does not follow the charter regarding the internal affairs of any country. This is terrible oppression, crude aggression.

You never have the right to intervene in our internal affairs. Who gave you this right? You will regret it if you dare to intervene in our country. Our country is not your country. We cannot fire a single bullet at our people.”

(This version CORRECTS title to U.N. secretary-general).)

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in World News

 

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'Libya shuts air space to all flights'

Muammar Al Gaddafi

LIBYA, March 18, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Libya has closed its air space to all flights after the UN Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution, imposing a no-fly zone over the country, RIA NOVOSTI repsorted on Friday.

Europe’s air navigation organization, Eurocontrol, said on Friday that it obtained the information from Maltese authorities who said “Libya does not accept any traffic until further notice,” according to wire reports.

The move comes after the French government announced an imminent attack against Libya that could include France, Britain and possibly the United States.

The three powers are reportedly scrambling fighter jets. Canadian media have reported that it is planning to send six CF-18 fighter jets to join the military action against the Libyan regime.

Norway has also expressed readiness to participate in the effort, but Russia has ruled out taking part in the military measure, reports said.

Five members of the Arab League, including Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will also contribute to the military effort, according to an AFP report, quoting diplomats, which did not elaborate on specific details.

Libyan Defense Ministry has warned of quick retaliation to any military action, saying their response could endanger all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea.

Despite the passage of a no-fly zone resolution by the UNSC on Thursday, Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has remained defiant by vowing an offensive on the eastern city of Benghazi which is the revolutionaries’ stronghold.   (*)
 
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Transcript of Exclusive Interview Christiane Amanpour With Saif Al-Islam Muammar Al-Gaddafi

Gadhafi's son Saif

March 18, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / ABC) — The United States and its allies appear poised to take military action on the heels of a U.N. resolution earlier this evening imposing a no-fly zone over Libya and authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Only hours earlier, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to show no mercy to protesters, saying he would crush the rebellion with a final assault.

Late Thursday (March 17, 2011), after the U.N. resolution, ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour spoke to Gaddafi’s son Saif, who was in Tripoli. What follows is a transcript of their conversation.

Christiane Amanpour: Gaddafi Saif is joining me from Tripoli. Can you tell me where you are?

Said Gadhafi: I’m in Tripoli right now.

CA: Are you hiding? Are you worried?

SG: Hiding from whom?

CA: Well, as you know, the U.N. has taken a resolution that would potentially involve air strikes against your father’s air defenses andvarious military emplacements.

SG: I think our country and with our people. We are in our country with our people. We are not afraid.

CA: What is your father’s reaction, your reaction to this resolution that’s just been taken?

SG: First of all, it was unfair because, as you know, as you know, from the beginning we told everybody there were no air strikes against civilians. No bombing of civilian districts or demonstrations. And all those reports showed they were false. Number one. Number two. Even if you see last week what happened. The army and Libyan volunteers did fight the armored militia and liberated five Libyan cities from them. Have you seen a single civilian casualty? Even the terrorists or the armed people, they just surrender. So there was no bloodshed.

CA: Let me ask you this. What are you going to do with Benghazi? People in Benghazi are cheering this U.N. resolution because they’re afrraid of your father’s forces.

SG: Listen, this is a big mistake because in Benghazi we have 1.5 million people. If you are listening to 1,000 or 2,000, that’s a different story. But believe me, the people are living in a big mess. The armored militia yesterday killed four young boys. Why? Because they were against him. Everybody is terrified because of the armed militia. They live in terror. Armed people are everywhere. They have their own courts. They execute the people that are against them. No school. No hospital. No money. No banks. You think the people are happy? Of course not. We are receiving on our TV everyday hundreds of calls from Benghazi. Everyday people are crying saying, ‘Please come and liberate us from those terrorists.’ People are not happy there. Are you happy if you’re in a city controlled by gangsters and armed people and armed militia?

CA: Let me ask you this. It’s the Arab League that’s asking for intervention. It’s very unusual. They don’t think that the people of Libya are alright. They think they’re being slaughtered.

SG: First of all, Libya is not Bahrain. Seventeen percent of the population are against the royal family and the other countries are sending tools to oppress them. In Libya, it’s the other way around. The Arabs want to settle accounts with Libya. We know that. By the way. There’s a funny story here in Libya. Everyone is happy with the United States because we heard they are against airstrikes against Libya and is not supporting British and French. People here are angry with the Europeans and for perhaps the first time in modern history, they like the Americans and are happy with America. And that’s why, like today, people said when the army captured the New York Times correspondent in the city of (?) because she entered the city illegally, but when they found out she was American they said it’s OK. You’re good people. We’ll free you. Even here in Libya, people think that Arabs and Europeans betrayed the Libyan people. And they have their own agenda. And they think the Americans have a different agenda. And they have different position toward Libya. The Arabs, in Bahrain they oppress the Bahraini people. And in Libya, no demonstration, that we are Libyan fighting the armored militia and terrorists. They are against us.

CA: Let me ask you something: The four New York Times journalists — are they going to be freed? Where are they right now?

SG: They entered country illegally and the army, when they liberated the city from the terrorists, they found them there and they arrested them there. But I told you, the people and we are very angry with Europeans and the Arabs because they are strong, they have deals, contracts and oil. This time, the Americans are different.

CA: But this time, the Americans have voted for this resolution. Your father told us that the country loves him, that the people love him, but clearly that’s not the case because in so many parts of the country they were rising up against him. Do you think your father deserves now to remain head of Libya after all these killings, after all this fighting?

SG: We said this many times in the past — that we are going to have new competition and new Libya soon. Let me tell you something once and for all. Two days ago, when the armed militia and city surrendered to the army because they are cowards and they escaped, half million people living there, they are happy because they were controlled by the militia for two weeks, the same thing in all the cities, have you seen single civilian casualty? And everybody was happy, everybody is happy, so show me. Go and support al Qaeda and majority want peace and order and they want safety. They want to live in peace. So we want Americans to help us get rid of the remnants of those people and to have a peaceful country, more democratic country, more freedom, but not to threaten us with air strikes. We will not be afraid. Come on! You are not going to help Libya by killing. To kill Libyans, you destroy our country. Nobody is happy with that. If you want to help us help us against terrorists, help us to build the new Libya. More democracy, constitution, more freedom, etc. If you want to help Libyans, you send airplanes to bomb my country? Of course not.

CA: Saif, you said tonight that military operations are over, the U.N. resolution is too late. What do you mean by that?

SG: Now, we did liberate most of the country, city of Tuturk next to the Egyptian border, there is the green flag. It’s a very safe and peaceful city and the people themselves liberated themselves. Liberated themselves. The people did fight, even without the help of the Libyan army. Just I give you two examples the same thing in Benghazi, they fled city they escaped. And my father said tonight, ‘You boys, you lay down your arms and go and we will pardon you.’ And they laid down arms, so most of them have been neutralized. Most of them, except maybe a few of them are still there. Who knows?

CA: Tell me what is going to happen. Are you going to free, release the four New York Times journalists?

SG: As I said, this is not my decision. The people here, I don’t know why they are annoyed with Americans. … People are very angry with Arabs and Europeans, and I heard this is not because of that they will release her and they entered country illegally.

CA: Thank you very much, indeed.

SG: You’re welcome.   (*)

 
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