Washington DC – USA*Engage today welcomed a resolution adopted late yesterday by the United Nations Security Council, authorizing member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect the people of Libya from the Qadhafi regime. The association released the following statement.
“For a month now, the Qadhafi regime has used extreme force, violence and fear to repress Libyan civilians who have risen in opposition to what has been the status quo for more than four decades. We applaud the UN Security Council for approving a resolution that will allow member states to use all tools at their disposal to protect the Libyan people.
“The resolution is a bold statement from world leaders demonstrating that the community of nations are united in their horror and disgust with the regime’s repressive tactics. It should also send a powerful message to Colonel Qadhafi that the international community will do everything in its power, including the use of force, if necessary, to protect Libyan civilians.
“We believe that this multilateral response to the situation in Libya will have the most meaningful impact on the Qadhafi regime and help the people of Libya.”
USA*Engage (www.usaengage.org) is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org), USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.