Security council heeds lessons from
Kevin Rudd is Foreign Minister of
IT has been said that politics, like sausage making, is not a process to observe too closely.
The same can be said of international politics, only it is often worse.
The tortuous UN Security Council process on
The Australian government strongly welcomed this outcome. There seem to have been three decisive players involved in bringing the resolution to pass.
The League of Arab States adopted its own resolution to support a no-fly zone for
Its members are
Without their support, we might have found ourselves in the difficult and dangerous terrain of the Security Council deliberations on
Second, the British and the French have been active in the complex task of drafting this resolution. Their leadership has been critical in steeling wider European resolve on the intervention.
Third, and most critically, is the
What is also critical is that neither
So what does this resolution mean and what happens from here?
UN Security Council Resolution 1973 draws on the political doctrine called the Responsibility to protect, commonly called R2P.
Firmly grounded in well-established principles of international law, R2P was built on the failures of the international community in
(…)Paragraph 8 of Security Council Resolution 1973 also authorises member states to "take all necessary measures to enforce" a no-fly zone: a "ban on all flights in the air space in
The Security Council deliberately stopped short of authorising any occupation force in
Nonetheless, this resolution extends wide powers to member states to take a range of military actions to protect
If the diplomatic campaign for the moment has concluded, the military campaign is now the next step. (...)
(...)Some have asked why
If a no-fly zone for a related authorised military intervention were applied to an operational theatre in
Moreover, in the history of the Security Council, nearly 2000 resolutions have been adopted.
Furthermore, there are direct forms of humanitarian assistance we can provide.
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