Spain wants regional backing for any Libya action

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Spain wants UN, Arab and African backing for any political, economic or military intervention in the bloody Libyan uprising, a government spokesman said Monday.

World powers are struggling to react to the clashes, deeply split over whether to impose a no-fly zone to counteract Moamer Kadhafi's warplanes which are bombarding rebel forces.

"Whatever decision has to be taken over Libya, whether political, diplomatic, economic or eventually military, Spain wants it to have the backing of the United Nations, the Arab League and the African Union," said a government spokesman.

"Such serious decisions cannot be taken by the international community without the legal backing of the United Nations nor the explicit support of the multiregional organisations, which bring together the countries of the region; the African and Arab unions," he said.

Spain will join a NATO defence chiefs' meeting in Brussels on Thursday and a European Union summit Friday to discuss the next steps on Libya, said the spokesman.

The spokesman stressed that he was speaking about a broad range of possible political, financial or military actions, not just the threat of armed intervention.

"If in the end everything has the backing of all, then Spain would be in favour as well, but it has to have that backing," he said, adding however that it was too early to speak seriously of such a hypothesis.

He declined to react directly to an article in the leading daily El Pais, which said Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero would support joining a military intervention in Libya if it had the legal backing of the UN Security Council and the political support of the Arab League or African Union.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • collins posted:

    on 11th March 2011, 01:52:02 - Reply

    we have enough problems at home without taking on the problems of other countries! Let the Arabs sort out their own problems