MPs support longer Libya mission

23rd June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Parliament has given its final approval to extending the Dutch contribution to the NATO mission in Libya. In the past few months, the Netherlands has made a contribution to enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya and the UN arms embargo.

The Dutch participation in the mission has now been extended by three months. Coalition parties VVD conservatives and CDA Christian democrats, and opposition parties PvdA Labour, the democrat party D66, the Green Left party and the Christian Union were all in favour.

The Green Left party voted against the initial deployment in March, but says there now is more clarity about the objectives, strategy and means of the mission. According to Green Left MP Mariko Peters “This is important to a small country which has little or no say in the decisions taken by the leading countries. What is important is that there is now more of a focus on a political solution and a plan for after the conflict. And that civilian victims will receive compensation, and physical damage will be paid for once the smoke has cleared.”

The Freedom Party, which provides parliamentary support to the VVD-CDA minority cabinet, and the Socialist Party voted against the extension.

On Thursday afternoon, parliament will vote on a proposal by D66 leader Alexander Pechtold which would bar the cabinet from lending assistance to attempts intended to help suspected Libyan war criminals escape trial at the International Criminal Court. The proposal has the support of a majority in parliament.


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