UN should play 'leading role' in post-Kadhafi Libya: Russia

25th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia stressed on Thursday it was important that the UN Security Council play a "leading role" in post-Kadhafi Libya as the six-month rebellion against its old ally appeared to be drawing to an end.

The Russian foreign ministry said Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov and UN chief Ban Ki-moon had earlier in the day discussed global assistance to Libya's transition following the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi.

"The importance of the UN Security Council playing a leading role in this process has been stressed by the Russian side," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Russia, which has traditionally had close ties to Kadhafi, has not rushed to recognise the new regime, with President Dmitry Medvedev saying the Kremlin would recognise the Libyan rebels if they "unite the country."

Medvedev warned Wednesday that the Kremlin's old ally Kadhafi still retained influence in the North African country.

© 2011 AFP

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