Some NATO ambassadors considering internal legal review of air strikes in Libya

Meeting of the North Atlantic Council

From Slobodan Lekic, the AP:  Members of NATO’s governing body are discussing informally whether to direct alliance staff members to perform an internal legal review of its Libya operations to assist any outside investigation into civilian casualties, diplomats accredited to the organization say.

Two ambassadors accredited to NATO said that the North Atlantic Council, the alliance’s top governing body, has not yet formally taken up the issue. But they said that they and other members of the council have been informally discussing with one another the possibility of launching an internal review of all incidents in which NATO airstrikes caused civilian casualties.

Officials from the NATO missions of three other countries also said they had heard of the discussions. . . .

"NATO has no intention of conducting a legal review of its air operations," she [NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu] said. "Furthermore, NATO has not received a request to help the (International Criminal Court) with any specific inquiries. If we receive a request for information, NATO is prepared to assist in any way it can."  (photo: NATO)

Image: nato%206%202%2010%20%20North%20Atlantic%20Council.jpg