SECURITY COUNCIL: PEACEKEEPING OR PEACE-MAKING?

Greg Reynolds for RUSSIA TODAY
Tuesday September 3

While Libyan government officials have decried the idea of foreign intervention, the prospect remains on the agenda as the Security Council prepares a response to the ongoing IS insurgency in Libya.

Their proposed resolution is unabashed in its defence of oil interests – clause 12 makes particular reference to securing Benghazi oil infrastructure.

There has been particularly heavy advocacy of this point by the United Kingdom and the United States, who insist that reinforcing Libyan oil infrastructure will strengthen Libyan, even if the Libyan government rejects their “assistance.”

This discourse has been criticized by the Russian Delegate, who lamented Orwellian double-think in the Council. Another point of disagreement has been the use of force entirely. Russia has noted the Libyan rejection of foreign forces, and China has pleaded the case for a peaceful negotiation of the conflict.

Nonetheless, use of force has continued to be proposed by Western and African Union states. If this point cannot be negotiated sufficiently, the Security Council may fail to pass a resolution altogether.

The African Union may intervene, as professed by the Rwandan delegate. There is keen interest in ensuring that Libyan civilians and administration see the AU forces as benevolent and friendly, and to this end Rwanda recommends that consultation with Libyan officials is enacted.

However, the question remains as to whether previous Libyan rejections will hinder this process, and what the AU movements may be if Libyan officials continue to reject their intervention.

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