Russia says Libya conflict at 'dead end'

2nd August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday said the fighting in Libya had reached a "dead end" that could only be resolved through dialogue and new attempts at negotiation.

"The situation has reached a dead end that confirms that there is no military solution," the head of the foreign ministry's Middle East and North Africa department Sergei Vershinin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"We have to go back to searching for political and diplomatic solutions," he was quoted as telling a briefing of Russian reporters.

Russia abstained from a vote on a UN Security Council resolution in March that opened the way for air strikes on Kadhafi regime targets in Libya but has since criticized the scale and intent of the NATO-led Western campaign.

It has been involved in attempts to mediate between the rebels controlling the east of the country and the Moamer Kadhafi regime in Tripoli.

© 2011 AFP

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