21 March 2019

Foreign minister admits to letting Libya down

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Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide has stressed the lack of a plan to follow Norway's bombings of Libya as part of a NATO operation, the Scandinavian country's largest since World War II. reports citing foreign media.

At the same time, she argued that the world community should have intervened in other cases, such as during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

While talking in the Norwegian parliament about the nation's largest overseas operation in decades, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide cited deficient international efforts in Libya after the attacks in 2011, when Norway alone dropped nearly 600 bombs on various targets, assisting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

The foreign minister cited insufficient resources to secure peace in Libya following the NATO bombings.

Not enough was done to stabilize Libya after the attacks and there was no political will among the members of the Security Council to establish peacekeeping forces", Søreide said, as quoted by national broadcaster NRK.

Søreide also ventured that Libyan society turned out to be much more complex than previously believed, which is why after some positive signs in 2011, the situation quickly took a turn in the wrong direction.

"The lesson is that one must have a plan to follow afterward", the Norwegian foreign minister said.

2019.01.11 / 12:26
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