Kucinich Releases 10-Point Plan for Libya
Anti-war advocate Rep. Dennis Kucinich released a 10-point plan for Libya on Tuesday, suggesting NATO allies end their military presence in the North African country.
“A stalled conflict in Libya does not serve our strategic national interest,” the Ohio Democrat said in a statement. “It is in the interests of all the people of Libya and the international community to see a peace agreement developed which will constitute a blueprint for political and economic reform which upholds the basic rights of all Libyans.”
Kucinich’s plan calls for a cease fire in Libya, including an end to the NATO-enforced “no fly zone,” and a shift to humanitarian assistance. In a release, Kucinich said his peace plan derives partially from an outline from the African Union. Kucinich also said he was circulating his plan to stakeholders in the diplomatic community, including the United Nations and NATO allies.
Kucinich has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s decision to intervene militarily in Libya since March, when NATO launched a mission in response to international concerns that dictator Moammar Gadhafi was attacking unarmed civilians and protesters. The conflict has evolved into a civil war. Last week the House approved Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) resolution calling for Obama to give Congress the reasons the United States joined the campaign that has seen U.S. war planes bombing Libyan government and military sites. A separate resolution proposed by Kucinich calling for an immediate withdrawal was rejected last week.