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The way to cease fire

18 March 2011

6:29 PM

18 March 2011

6:29 PM

Colonel Ghadaffi wants a cease fire. Fine, but Western governments should insist that
the no-fly zone still comes into force; that a new UN resolution is drafted to specify cantoment areas for his forces; and that a UN-mandated Arab Leage but NATO-enabled interpositional force is
deployed to ensure the ceasefire holds, perhaps with an Egyptian officer as the head working in tandem with the UN and EU envoys to kickstart a political process. Finally, the West should lend
massive support to the "free republic" of Benghazi – economic, military and so on.

That is the kind of ceasefire the West can accept. Not a ploy that aims to pick the weakest link of the coalition, the United States, away from the policy, but robust action that sees David
Cameron’s strategy through to the end.

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