The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Constituency, Hon. Ras Mubarak has indicated that, the invasion of Libya by the Non Aligned Treaty Organization (NATO) forces is an indictment on the African Union.
He indicated that, the dynamics in Africa are entirely different from that of other parts of the world, and to the extent that NATO Forces would be allowed into Africa to invade a sovereign state like Libya is a clear indictment on the African Union.
“The African Union was set up among other things to safeguard the interest of member countries, and to find a common market for economic activities. Africa is supposed to manage its own affairs and rule its own destiny-9
It would be recalled that on March 19, 2011, a multi-state NATO-led coalition began a military intervention in Libya, ostensibly to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.
The United Nations Intent and Voting was to have “an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the supposed attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute crimes against humanity, imposing a ban on all flights in the country’s airspace, a no-fly zone and tightened sanctions on the Gadhafi led regime and its supporters.”
The resolution was taken in response to events during the Libyan civil War; with military operations beginning with American and British naval forces firing over 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles, with the French Air Force, British Royal Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force undertaking sorties across Libya and a naval blockade by Coalition forces with French jets launching air strikes against Libyan Army tanks and vehicles; leading to the collapse and death of Muamar Ai-Gadhafi himself and his government. Events thereafter have resulted in political unrest with interest groups taking advantage.
Contributing to a statement on the floor of Parliament by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botwey, Hon. Ras Mubarak said the revelations of the Libyan incidence is very scary and inhuman, and needs to be condemned by all.
He said, we all have a duty of care to do everything possible to ensure that our compatriots are brought home safely.
He alluded that, it is the illegal invasion of Libya by Allied Forces that has brought us to where we are now.
He said to the extent that British, United States, Canadian, French and Italian forces took it upon themselves to be the promoters of democracy in other countries that has resulted in the situation currently bedeviling all of us.
He further stated that, for NATO Forces be allowed to invade a sovereign nation is an indictment on the African Union.
He therefore advised the African Union, that going forward, it should do a lot more not to associate itself with such invasions of democratic countries, in situations where others outside the continent who do not know the dynamics of the continent are seeking to implant their views and values of how democracies should be like unto them.
He lamented that, we currently have in Libya a situation that is completely out of control, a situation where ISIS, where hitherto could not find space within Libya today have space to operate.
He also proposed that, the chilling images of the occurrence should be played on television sets in every constituency to serve as a disincentive to the youth who would consider such move.
He advised the Ministry to approach the repatriation of victims with alacrity and speed, and called on the President and related Ministry to release funds immediately to the mission in Malta to aid in the swift response where necessary.
Story: Fred E. Aggrey