April 3, 2011

Government causes controversy over Libya

by Jan Harris

Following speculation that the UK government may be considering supplying arms to Libyan rebels, Mr Hague is expected to make a statement to Parliament tomorrow.

He has said that there are no plans to so, but also suggested that under UN rules it may be possible to supply weapons to allow people to defend themselves.

The possible move has been condemned by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) who said that it would have long-term negative consequences.

The organization said that that it would oppose any moves to break the arms embargo on Libya, which was put into place by the UN on 17 March.

It believes that adding even more weapons to those historically supplied to Libya in 2009 and 2010 by EU states, including the UK, would make the country even more unstable and fears that they might not be used to protect civilians as intended.

The government’s decision to give asylum to Moussa Koussa, the former head of Libya’s security organization, ESO, is also causing controversy.

Moussa Koussa is believed to have been involved in the Lockerbie bombing and the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in London.

Foreign Secretary William Hague gave Koussa asylum in the UK after he defected from Libya, in return for his help to depose the Gaddafi regime.

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