Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday released a plan that he said would “provide the principles for a blueprint that includes an immediate cease-fire and transition to a stable, democratic Libya.”
The ten-point plan calls for an immediate cease-fire in Libya as well as a timeline for political reform, reparations for victims of the conflict and the repatriation of frozen Libyan assets. Kucinich said that he planned to circulate the proposal to members of the diplomatic community, NATO partners and representatives from the United Nations permanent member states.
“A stalled conflict in Libya does not serve our strategic national interest,” Kucinich said in a statement announcing the plan. “Given the uncertainty, instability, the continued threat to civilians, the inability for rebels to continue their rebellion without the support of NATO, the fact that the rebels have exhausted their financial resources and the fact that the Gaddafi government seems to still be standing despite the tremendous military onslaught, it is time for a renewed effort to bring about a peace agreement.”
The move is the latest sign that Kucinich, a liberal anti-war Democrat, aims to keep up pressure on the Obama administration on the U.S. intervention in Libya, which is on its 80th day. Last week, the House rejected a measure introduced by Kucinich that would have called on Obama to halt the U.S. mission in Libya within 15 days.
Kucinich’s resolution prompted House Republican leaders to introduce a resolution of their own chastising Obama for not receiving prior authorization from Congress to intervene in the conflict and calling on the administration to clarify the purpose of the U.S. involvement. That measure passed Friday on a bipartisan 268-to-145 vote.
With the House out of session this week, the focus is now on the Senate, where a bipartisan group of senators has been planning to introduce a resolution authorizing the U.S. mission.
The Senate has generally been more supportive than the House of Obama’s action in Libya, although several lawmakers have vocally opposed it. On Monday, Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed in the Post urging Obama to “take the lesson from the House vote, retract his endorsement of the Senate resolution and propose a joint resolution with the force of law.”