NATO exceeds Libya mandate, political shift urgent: Russia

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NATO's military action in Libya goes beyond the mandate authorised by the United Nations, Russia's foreign minister said Friday, calling for an urgent shift to a political settlement.

"Today, we can see actions that in a number of cases go beyond the mandate of the UN Security Council," Sergei Lavrov said after talks with NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.

"We believe it is important to urgently transfer things into the political course and proceed with a political and diplomatic settlement," he said.

Lavrov added: "We should have an immediate ceasefire and bring the warring parties to the negotiating table so they can agree on the structure of their own country."

© 2011 AFP

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