Thursday, March 17, 2011

A better kind of UN resolution for Libya?

Germany's and Russia's resistance against an intervention in Libya is historically understandable. Previous Security Council resolution on Iraq and Kosovo have been extended and distorted by the US in acts that can only be described as a betrayal of the principle of international cooperation.

I would favor a system where the implementation of the resolution is overseen by a really independent organ in which skeptics dominate. In the case of Libya this might be a council with Russia and the Arab League. It certainly should not be a kind of US dominated applause machine like the Kosovo Contact Group. Such overseers should have the power to revoke any permission that was given in the UN resolution.

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