The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BERLIN – General Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, stated at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday that he operation in Libya was initiated not by NATO, but by a number of European countries, who realized later that they needed help from the alliance.
“Of course, sometimes the European allies should be able to do something without the United States, we have not said that all NATO operations should be done with the United States”, he said addressing the audience before he added, “for example, the operation in Libya, because I was Norway’s prime minister, and Norway took part.”
According to him, the Libyan operation was originally initiated by Europe, “not from Germany, but more from France and Great Britain”.
“When we met in Paris for a final decision, NATO was not at the table, there was no alliance, but the reality is that we later realized that we needed the help of NATO and the States United States and their command structures,” he said.
On 19 March 2011, a multi-state NATO-led coalition began a military intervention in Libya, ostensibly to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The United Nations Intent and Voting was to have “an immediate ceasefire in Libya, including an end to the current attacks against civilians, which it said might constitute crimes against humanity … imposing a ban on all flights in the country’s airspace – a no-fly zone – and tightened sanctions on the Gaddafi regime and its supporters.”