Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Britain must revise Libya policy"

Source: Press TV

A former senior member of Britain's Liberal Democratic party, Sir Menzies Campbell has urged the UK government to rethink its involvement in the war on Libya.

The former Liberal Democrat leader made the call after it was revealed that a high-ranking commander of the Libyan opposition group has been killed by his own side of the conflict.

The murder of General Abdel Fattah Younes, a defector and the revolutionaries' military commander on Friday was blamed on militia within the opposition forces.

Rebel minister Ali Tarhouni said Gen Younes, who defected to the opposition in February after serving in the Libyan regime since 1969, was killed by members of the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade.

Further splits between the revolutionaries' became evident when clashes between rival factions left four people dead in Benghazi.

Sir Menzies Campbell said Britain must undertake a “wholesale re-examination” of its involvement in the NATO conflict in Libya after the murder of the opposition figure.

Sir Menzies, the party's former foreign affairs spokesman, said the "assassination" of Younes should spark a complete review of Britain's role in Libya.

"This assassination now provides an opportunity and a spur for a wholesale re-examination of policy", he said.

There was an opportunity now, he said, for Britain to think about "the end-game" of the conflict in Libya.

"We know that the United States has not taken a full part, we know that in France and Italy there are differing views”, he said.

"I think if we are going to get this right we have to be clearer about defining what success would amount to. If you like - what the end-game is", Sir Menzies added.

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