Calls to Protect Civilians in Libya



Responding to the recent developments in Libya, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia underlines that:


"Throughout the course of recent developments in Libya, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia has consistently called for the protection by the international community, consistent with the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, of innocent civilians who have fallen victims of unchecked violence.


A strict implementation of Security Council resolution 1973 adopted last 17 March 2011 offers the potential for such protection of innocent civilians. 


The Government of Indonesia emphasizes that ultimately, however, there is an urgent need for the promotion of conditions conducive for a peaceful, democratic political process to take place in Libya, for the avoidance of a cycle of violence and conflict, for the people of Libya to be able to chart their own democratic future.


From 22 March 2011, the Indonesian embassy in Tripoli will be closed until further notice. All the embassy´s activities will be organized from the Indonesian embassy in Tunisia.