BRUSSELS, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM ) – Russia has called on NATO to fulfil the UN Security Council’s resolution on Libya without excessive creativity. Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) on the situation in Libya, ITAR TASS reported.
“Russia has the right to have full transparency in the development of the operation in Libya,” Rogozin said. He drew attention to the information about civilian casualties coming from the combat actions area.
“If these reports are confirmed, this would require a thorough independent investigation,” said the Russian ambassador.
According to a NATO release, on March 27, NATO Allies decided to take on the whole military operation in Libya under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973. The purpose of Operation Unified Protector is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack. NATO will implement all military aspects of the UN Resolution. All NATO Allies are committed to fulfil their obligations under the UN resolution. Since the resolution was passed on March 17, Allies have moved swiftly and decisively to enforce the arms embargo and no-fly zone called for in the resolution, and to take further measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas from attack.
Rogozin said earlier that the Russian side intended to emphasise “inadmissibility of transition of the international operation in Libya to a land phase.” “Russia will consider that step as occupation of a sovereign country,” the ambassador stressed.
A NATO source told Itar-Tass that the Alliance would inform Russia on its decision to assume control over all military operations in Libya. According to him, UN Security Council’s resolution does not allow land operations, and the Alliance intends to act strictly within the Security Council mandate. (*)