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Parliamentary debate regarding Canada’s engagement in Libya : Benchmarks for success

World Federalist Movement Canada
June 2011
The international community’s engagement in Libya is an example of the application of the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect. The World Federalist Movement – Canada supported the passing of UNSC 1973 as a necessary measure to prevent imminent mass atrocities in the city of Benghazi. However there are significant concerns over the permissive language of many of the resolution’s provisions, and the manner in which they are being implemented. Canadian parliamentarians, and any renewed House of Commons motion, should support continued implementation of UNSC 1973, while taking into account several key ‘benchmarks’ for a more successful engagement by Canada, NATO, and the international community in Libya.
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