[Marxism] Libyan rebels reject UN proposal for peacekeepers

Justin Akers Chacón justinakers at cox.net
Wed Aug 31 09:47:28 MDT 2011


Libyan rebels reject UN proposal for peacekeepers

By Dan Murphy, Staff writer / August 31, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi may still be on the run and Libya's National Transitional 
Council (NTC) still trying to find its feet in Tripoli. But a key element of 
a proposed United Nations plan for Libya drawn up by Ian Martin has already 
been roundly rejected by Libya's interim leaders.

The BBC reports that Mr. Martin, tasked with drawing up the UN's 
post-conflict plans, said after a meeting with the UN Security Council 
yesterday that Libya's interim rulers have ruled out the deployment of any 
sort of international force to the country. Martin's original plan for Libya 
imagined up to 200 unarmed military observers plus an "interim protection 
force" for the observers, if the Libyans agreed.

That agreement hasn't been forthcoming. Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's deputy 
representative to the UN, told the BBC that there is no need for deploying 

"It is not a civil war, it is not a conflict between two parties, it is the 
people who are defending themselves against the dictatorship," he said.

This theme that Libya's civil war is not in fact a civil war has been a 
popular one among supporters of the rebellion since almost the moment it 
started in February. In this telling, the "people" are completely united 
against Mr. Qaddafi's 42-year-old dictatorship.

But reports from Libya in recent weeks have made it clear that while a 
majority of the country's people want themselves rid of Qaddafi, that there 
is a core of regime support. Loyalists continue to hold out in Qaddafi's 
hometown of Sirte, which has profited immensely during his reign, and in the 
southern of Sabha. Rebels are massing around Sirte, and Kristen Chick 
reported for us yesterday that they've given an ultimatum for the town's 
defenders to surrender over the weekend, or have the city taken by force.

What will the UN's role be in Libya? It's hard to imagine it won't have a 
large one, particularly when it comes to eventually organizing elections and 
creating a semblance of democratic institutions in the country. But Libyan's 
interim leaders - aware that their own legitimacy would be compromised by 
appearing to give away sovereignty to the UN (or any other outside actors) 
and with the prospect of billions in Libyan founds currently frozen abroad 
flowing into the country - will have a major voice in shaping that UN role.


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