Libyan crisis promotes 'terrorism', Algeria says

24th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Algeria warned Thursday that events in Libya could favour the spread of terrorism and that foreign intervention could make things worse.

"What is happening in Libya could be considered as an extra chance we are giving the terrorists," Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci told the French language daily L'Expression.

He said the situation would be "exacerbated by the foreign intervention".

He warned of an "earthquake" that will be created by the "abundance of weapons in the region" and that "will not only affect the Libyans but all neighbouring countries, and in particular Algeria".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Tuesday that the Western-led military campaign in Libya could fuel international terrorism and called for respect of international law.

"If the situation worsens, then we will face new cases of international terrorism and other events which we would like to avoid," he told a press conference in Algiers after talks with Medelci.

Medelci said in his newspaper interview that the two ministers were in total agreement on the issue.

© 2011 AFP

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