Foreign Minister Westerwelle on the Security Council Resolution on Libya

Mar 17, 2011

After the adoption of Security Council resolution 1973, Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin:

„The Security Council of the United Nations has adopted a second resolution on the situation in Libya.


When the resolution was put to vote, Germany abstained.


The resolution contains significantly tougher international sanctions against the Gaddafi regime. We welcome and support this, as we ourselves had pushed in this direction.


We are still very sceptical, however, about the option of a military intervention in Libya, also contained in the resolution. We see considerable risks in this. Therefore we cannot subscribe to this part of the resolution.


German soldiers will not participate in a military action in Libya.


Our position towards the Gaddafi regime remains unchanged: The dictator must immediately stop the violence against his own people. He has to go and he must be held responsible for his crimes.“

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