Saturday, April 9, 2011

There is no "impasse" in Libya, according to NATO

Brussels (NATO), corresponding - It is unnecessary to "stalemate" in Libya, neither military nor political, explained Friday, April 8, a spokesman for NATO. According to her, "the international community to advance a political solution" because, again the Atlantic Alliance for several days, the conflict will no doubt find no way out purely military.

Thursday, April 7 in Washington, a senior U.S. Army, General Carter Ham, the head of the High Command of the U.S. Army for Africa, stated at a meeting in the Senate, a "impasse" was looming in fact on the ground. For the general, it seems unlikely that in any case the rebels succeed in overthrowing the regime of Colonel Gaddafi.

His statements appeared to support a trial of Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, that it is difficult to consider that "airpower only" able to destroy the army of the Libyan dictator. The French General Staff, in turn, hesitate to describe as "complex" situation on the ground. Haunted by the specter of quagmire, criticized the rebels for the failure of its commitment to air defense, including the town of Misrata, besieged by the army of Gaddafi, NATO wanted to react.

"Our message is clear, our role is to protect you," shouted the voice, destined for Libyan civilians. The Alliance continues to deny a reduction of his appointment, said "maintain pressure" and follow a "coherent strategy". However, "the situation remains very fluid" said Vice Admiral Russ Harding, a leader of the operation at NATO headquarters in Naples.

One way to discuss the challenges the coalition faces, while the army of Colonel Gaddafi would still have about 70% of its resources and utilize more and more frequent human shields. It also conceals its heavy equipment in populated areas in order to complicate the coalition strikes. This complex situation was illustrated by a "blunder" occurred Thursday at Brega, in the east, and during which an unspecified number of civilians had been killed.

Thinking to fire on army tanks, planes NATO would actually killed by the rebels. The Alliance said it had not been apprised by the insurgency because they had laid hands on the equipment. In any event, said Vice-Admiral Harding, there is no question for the staff to make "excuses". The episode illustrates at least the communication problems between the coalition and the insurgents, NATO no longer concealed on his mistrust vis-à-vis the latter, inexperienced and disorganized.

Reaffirming the need to protect civilians from all threats that could affect them and their desire to avoid "collateral damage", the military command heard, at least, not openly support the rebels too massive. The question of the continuation of the mission will be discussed successively in Luxembourg, Doha and Berlin in the coming days, at a European council of foreign ministers, a meeting of the steering group policy "to Libya and, Finally, during a session of the Atlantic Alliance, at the foreign ministers.

The themes of the possible dispatch of ground troops, training the rebels and the delivery of humanitarian supplies - with, the key, a possible mission of the European Union framed by military means - will be discussed at these various meetings. It is however the question of a possible political solution to the conflict, with an eviction Colonel Qaddafi may precede a cease-fire, which now occupies all minds.

Failing that, many experts believe, the uncertainty regarding the conduct and duration of the operation in Libya will only increase. Jean-Pierre Stroobants

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