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Italy and France will provide security for humanitarian operations to Libya (Maj)

(BRUSSELS2 / in Luxembourg) France and Italy will propose, today, the provision of military resources to secure UN humanitarian operations carried out towards Libyan territory, announced an Italian diplomat. This includes allowing access to Libyan ports, especially the port of Misrata, in complete safety. The announcement is expected to be made at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg by the two French and Italian ministers. This operation will be carried out under the national flag, by sea and air (but without going ashore). It will make it possible to secure the supply of areas in danger (with medicines, food, etc.) and to evacuate the injured or civilians in danger, " while waiting for the establishment of EUFOR Libya assures a diplomat.

(updated) The announcement was ultimately not made to the Council. The French undoubtedly judged the initiative premature. But it nevertheless seems plausible if the planning of EUFOR Libya drags on too long. And legally, resolutions 1970 and 1973 not only authorize but also ask UN member states to ensure the “protection of Libyan civilians” by all means, and “make humanitarian aid accessible in Libya”. In this case, it is sufficient to make a simple notification to the UN and to liaise with the military means responsible for enforcing the embargo. Much less difficult to obtain than a green light from OCHA…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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