Russia flays 'open violation' of mandate on Libya

19th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday charged that the UN mandate for intervention in Libya was being blatantly violated by those who want regime change and pleaded for an urgent ceasefire.

"Those who use the UN security council resolution for that goal (regime change) are openly violating the mandate they were given by the United Nations," Sergei Lavrov said after talks with Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic.

"It is bad to see how the Libyan opposition refuses to negotiate because of the position of some western countries but it is most urgent that we get a ceasefire," he added

Lavrov insisted that the western support for regime change in Libya is also feeding other crises, such as in Yemen where the opposition is trying to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

"Probably inspired by that position, the opposition in Yemen is refusing to negotiate and is expecting aid to come from abroad. It is a dangerous logic that could set a chain reaction in motion," he said.

The leaders of Britain, France and the United States vowed in a joint letter last week to keep up a NATO bombing campaign against Libya until veteran leader Moamer Kadhafi leaves power.

© 2011 AFP

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