No current plans to provide Libyan rebels with weapons: Rudd

March 31st, 2011 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Kevin Rudd Canberra, Mar 31 (ANI): Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that his government does not have any plans to provide weapons to the rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, as of now.

He, however, did not rule out using such options if required under the United Nations Security Council resolution, The Age reports.

Rudd’s comments came as the US continues to debate whether or not the rebels should be provided with arms, especially amid fears that they may be linked to the al-Qaeda terrorists.

Meanwhile, Rudd said that paragraph four of the UN Security Council resolution authorises participating states to “employ all necessary measures to protect the Libyan people from the threat of attack by the Libyan regime”.

Talking about the situation in Libya where the opposition forces have suffered severe setbacks during the past 24 to 48 hours, Rudd said: “This is going to be a difficult and unpredictable war into the weeks ahead. Therefore the resolve of the international community must remain firm, to stand behind the Libyan people despite what has been thrown against them by one of the most brutal regimes in the world.”

Australia is the third-largest contributor to the humanitarian effort in Libya, and has been helping the citizens of the oil-rich country by providing them with food, medicine, water and emergency accommodation. (ANI)

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