Russia wants details on Arab League Libya no-fly zone call

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia wants more information about how Arab League members would see a no-fly zone being implemented over Libya before taking a position on the proposal, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

"We know that the Arab League made this statement" on Saturday calling for the UN Security Council to create a no-fly zone to stop Moamer Kadhafi from bombing rebels against his regime, Lavrov said after a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in Paris.

"We are waiting for the Arab League to detail and solidify its proposal because in the same statement, it says that it's against any foreign interference, especially military," said Lavrov, whose country holds a UN Security Council veto.

"We would like more concrete information on how Arab countries would like to act," he said.

Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight world powers called on Tuesday for fresh UN measures against Kadhafi but dropped French- and British-led calls for a no-fly zone.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said the major powers welcomed measures under way at the UN Security Council "as a matter of urgency" to protect Libyans from the fighting.

The 22-member Arab League on Saturday urged the UN to impose a no-fly zone on Libya, saying Kadhafi's regime had "lost legitimacy."

The pan-Arab organisation also announced its recognition of the transitional national council set up by the rebels in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi and said they would open contact with the group.

© 2011 AFP

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