NATO urged to adopt Gaddafi’s assassination policy

April 25th, 2011 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Senior western leaders have urged NATO to adopt an assassination policy against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to put an end to the emerging stalemate in Libya.

The calls came as Gaddafi was reported to have strengthened his grip on power by restoring billions of dollars in overseas assets that should have been frozen by UN sanctions, The Telegraph reports.

On Sunday, US lawmakers had urged the coalition forces to directly target Gaddafi with military strikes.

The quickest way to end the emerging stalemate was to “cut the head of the snake off. The people around Gaddafi need to wake up every day wondering, ‘Will this be my last?’” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who visited Libya at the weekend, also agreed that Gaddafi should be assassinated, but stressed that it is more important to increase American firepower over Libya.

“It’s pretty obvious to me that the US has got to play a greater role on the air power side. Our NATO allies neither have the assets, nor frankly the will - there’s only six countries of the 28 in NATO that are actively engaged in this situation,” he added.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has refused to rule out using remote-controlled American drones to assassinate Gaddafi, and denied that there was a stalemate in Libya and ruled out proposals to partition the country.

The European Union and United States have barred access to over 60 billion dollars in Libyan bank accounts and funds, but other nations have not taken such a step to prevent the dictator and his associates sustaining themselves.

Meanwhile, a Libyan government press official has said NATO had tried to assassinate Gaddafi early Monday, destroying his multi-story library and office and badly damaging a reception hall for visiting dignitaries through airstrikes.

Yesterday, the US military had confirmed that its first attack by an unmanned Predator drone aircraft had destroyed a Libyan government multiple rocket launcher near Misrata. (ANI)

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