President Ian Khama has supported the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution that sanctioned the establishment of a no-fly zone in Libya.
He said the resolution is well intended and urged all states to stand by it. Khama was speaking in Gaborone when welcoming King Carl VXI Gustaf of Sweden, who is on a four-day state visit to Botswana.
"The least we can hope for from this intervention is the intended protection from brutality leading to death in many cases of Libyan citizens opposed to Muammar Gaddafi and his dictatorship," he said.
The UN Resolution demands an immediate ceasefire and authorises the international community to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and to use all means necessary short of foreign occupation to protect civilians. Khama said the most that can be hoped for is regime change brought about by the people of Libya themselves, which will usher in a truly democratic dispensation. He stated that Botswana will not cease to speak up for democracy
He said the long history of friendship and solidarity between Botswana and Sweden is underpinned by shared values of democracy, good governance, the rule of law, respect for human rights and continuous pursuit of sustainable development.
Meanwhile King Carl XVI Gustaf commended Botswana for its transformation from one of the world's poorest countries to a middle-income economy. He applauded founding president, the late Sir Seretse Khama for building the country through a leadership focused on broader issues affecting the citizenry.
"The country found its wealth in a peaceful transition and a unique democratic tradition," he said. He said the electoral process in Botswana has played a very crucial role in the socio-economic development of the country. He hailed the system for its contribution in making Botswana a respected member of the international community.