Libya asks Russia for UN meet on 'targeting Kadhafi'

26th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Libya on Tuesday asked Russia to convene an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on "the attempt to target" Moamer Kadhafi and bombardment of "civilian sites," state television reported.

"Libya officially called on Russia today to ask it to convene an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the persistent colonialist crusader aggression against Libyan civilian sites, and the attempt to target the leader, Moamer Kadhafi," the broadcaster reported.

The bombardments went against UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 and "were in violation of international laws and conventions," it said.

The Tripoli government said the raid that destroyed Kadhafi's office on Sunday night was an "assassination attempt" on the Libyan leader.

Moscow has increasingly criticised the international coalition for the air strikes on Libya in the past few weeks, saying they have gone beyond the UN mandate.

Russia, a veto-wielding member of the Security Council, abstained from voting on Resolution 1973, which allowed its adoption and the onset of the aerial bombing campaign.

The resolution does not, however, permit the coalition to send ground troops into Libya.

© 2011 AFP

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