Russian Foreign Minister : Western intervention into Libya not sanctioned by UN
MOSCOW, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM / Xinhua) — The Western coalition interference in Libya is not sanctioned by the UN Security Council resolution, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, XINHUA reported.
“We believe that coalition’s interference into the internal, civil war has not been sanctioned by the UN resolution. Protection of the civilian population remains our priority,” the Russian chief diplomat was quoted by the state-run Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
Lavrov said that NATO’s decision to take over the responsibility for military operation in Libya was in line with the UN resolution 1973. But at the same time, he stressed that the powers recorded in the resolution should be used for the unique purpose – to protect civilians.
Lavrov said it is necessary to make a decision on the immediate cease-fire in Libya and Russia has supported mediation offered by several African countries last week.
The UN resolution 1973 set a task to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the civilian population. (*)