Monday, August 22, 2011

Statement on Libya from our High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security


Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement:

"We are witnessing the last moments of the Gaddafi regime. I call on Gaddafi to step down without further delay and avoid further bloodshed.

I call on the National Transitional Council and opposition forces to ensure the protection of civilians, to fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law and to act with responsibility in the interests of maintaining peace and stability throughout the country.

Today Libya is entering a new era. I salute the courage of those who have fought to make this possible. It is now time to launch a process of transition towards a new Libya, in which democratic principles, justice and human rights are fully respected.

The coming months and years will test the resourcefulness and determination of the Libyan people. I have no doubt that they will rise to this challenge and that they will unite to ensure that Libya takes its place in the international community as a prosperous, stable and democratic state. For its part the EU will continue to offer support and will remain a strong and committed partner for the Libyan people."


So, everything's alright, then.

Precisely what was it the EU contributed to this pursuit?

18 Comments:

Blogger Edward Bond said...

Pathetic isn't it.

22 August 2011 at 23:19  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Just a bit.

22 August 2011 at 23:21  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

Your Grace,

Can anyone please explain how this embarrasing crypto-Communist is still in office more than a year after her sponsors were thrown out of office?

22 August 2011 at 23:33  
Blogger Smoking Hot said...

"towards a new Libya, in which democratic principles, justice and human rights are fully respected."

Err, any chance we could have those too?

22 August 2011 at 23:45  
Blogger Man with No Name said...

What would you have her say? Remember Libya is divided on tribal and ethnic grounds so any statement had to be neutral. Should Britain and France laud it up? This would probably back fire.

I thought it was okay as a basic message! Seriously, I did.

22 August 2011 at 23:58  
Blogger York said...

Is it correct for The Rt Hon Baroness Ashton to use her former style "Catherine Ashton" on an official document, without first renouncing her peerage?

23 August 2011 at 00:00  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Reads like a dark and bitter passage from a John le Carre novel.

23 August 2011 at 00:11  
Blogger non mouse said...

Ah well, Mr. Old South. That's the brilliance of le Carre :)

As for the silly cow who's posturing about and parading that german sounding title... 'nuff said. [Unless... What if she and Gadaffi are soul mates?]

23 August 2011 at 00:38  
Blogger Gnostic said...

High what? High Reprehensible of the Union of F**k All?

23 August 2011 at 07:54  
Blogger Span Ows said...

She also earns as much as Obama (mind you he did nothing either despite BBC attempts to help him out)

23 August 2011 at 08:45  
Blogger Ghillie said...

The most revealing aspect of her statement is the split infinitive.

23 August 2011 at 10:34  
Blogger Elby the Beserk said...

What has the EU contributed? Well, laughs, that's for sure - who could forget the picture of Herr Diktator Von Rompuy clasping the hands of Dictator Ghaddafi, and looking like a star-struck groupie.

Here's the link
http://static.infowars.com/2011/03/i/rotator/18vanrompuy-gaddafi.jpg

Apart from that, I can't think of anything, although I'd be very surprised if one way or another our pockets haven't been looted for the noble cause of liberating Libya...

23 August 2011 at 12:10  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

I call on the National Transitional Council and opposition forces to ensure the protection of civilians, to fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law and to act with responsibility in the interests of maintaining peace and stability throughout the country.

And if they don't? Then what? Perhaps more bombers could be dispatched to protect civilians. Whatever happens in Libya now is the responsibility of the European nations that brought this about. They can't just walk away. Well, in fact they can walk away, and they probably will. The bloodless high-altitude operation is over. Now soldiers would be required, and who is going to carry that burden? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

So if I were you, I would get used to hearing politicians and high commissioners and other bureaucrats calling on Libya to respect human rights, because you're going to hear that call a lot in the future. In the meantime, I shall patiently wait for 100 flowers to bloom in Libya now that Gadhafi is gone.

carl

23 August 2011 at 13:55  
Blogger Windsor Tripehound said...

I imagine the contribution of the EU will be to create a number of "special representatives" for Libya, all receiving a substantial salary of course.

23 August 2011 at 15:03  
Blogger Hereward said...

Libya an EU client state and its toehold in North Africa?

23 August 2011 at 17:42  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

How is the transition of Tunisia and Egypt coming along, it all goes silent after the fireworks.

23 August 2011 at 17:48  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Bred in the bone 17:48

A bit like Guyana, a few weeks after the several day-long party after independence, they all looked around at the work that needed doing and asked "when dee queen cumin back?"

23 August 2011 at 23:00  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Hereward said...
"Libya an EU client state and its toehold in North Africa?"

The beginning of a union between the Holy Roman Empire and a Pan-National Islamic Union?

24 August 2011 at 00:25  

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