Russia, March 8, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) A military intervention in Libya is not a remedy against crisis, Libyans should solve their problems themselves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
As reported by RIA Novosti, Lavrov reiterated Russia’s official position on the ongoing situation in the riots-hit Libya, saying the North African state needed political methods to stop the bloodshed.
The unrest in Libya began on February 15, following the ouster of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Libyans are demanding an end to its leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. Up to 6,000 people had been killed in the anti-government clashes, according to the international human rights organizations.
“We support the international initiatives to provide the humanitarian aid to those affected by the Libyan crisis,” Lavrov said, adding that Russia had sent Emergency Ministry’s planes to deliver food and medicines to the North African state.
The U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States had allocated additional $15 million for emergency operations in the neighboring regions, sheltering thousands of refugees, who had fled Libya.
“I want to send a very clear message to those who are around Colonel Qaddafi. It is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there,” Obama said after the meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Earlier on Monday NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance would not intervene in Libya, though NATO had plans in case of any possible scenario. (*)