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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:16 pm on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife 4:16 pm, 21st March 2011

The right hon. Gentleman’s reference to Kosovo is entirely apt because it was out of the frustrations of Kosovo, for which no United Nations Security Council resolution could be obtained, that the doctrine of the duty to protect arose. Its genesis was in a speech made by Tony Blair in Chicago in 1999. In this particular case, are we not on much stronger ground because the Security Council has said expressly in the provision that “all necessary measures” may be taken?