General News of Wednesday, 23 March 2011
The Government of Ghana appears to be against the United Nation’s resolution to establish a ‘no fly zone’ in Libya to thwart the operations of Muammar Gaddafi.
The Government said it does not believe the UN resolution will necessary resolve the political tension in the country.
The bombardment of the military defence of Gaddafi heightened as his forces are reportedly resisting attacks.
Libya has been in political turmoil for almost a month with rebels asking the embattled President, Muammar Gaddafi to end his 42 year old rule.
Rebels have taken over some key cities in Libya whilst forces loyal to Gaddafi are battling to regain control the rebel held towns.
Western powers last week enforced a no-fly zone over Libya after the passage of a UN resolution backing "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.
Over ten thousand Ghanaians resident in Libya have been successfully evacuated home by the government.
However, Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni at a press conference said although Ghana is unhappy about the current bombardment in Libya, it supports the UN effort to protect civilian lives.
“Right from the onset when the crisis broke Ghana’s position was that we want to stand by the people of Libya. And we want to defend their right to live in dignity and their right to be free from any violence”.
“Ghana’s position alongside the position of the AU was that the government and the opposition elements will seek together and dialogue on the way forward and restore peace to that country. Nevertheless Ghana is a credible member of the UN system and we have always stood on the principle of multilateralism and therefore when the UN took the position and passed resolution 1973 Ghana’s position is unambiguous”