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Russia-NATO Council to discuss conflict settlement in Libya

Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin

 

RUSSIA,March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — The Russia-NATO Council will discuss on Tuesday in Brussels the current state of affairs in Libya and ways to resolve the ongoing conflict, RIA NOVOSTI reported.

Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said late last week that the Council will meet “to confirm the limits that the UN Security Council placed on the participants of the conflict.”

Rogozin also reiterated Russia’s position saying that “holding [military] ground operations will be qualified as occupying Libya and that directly contradicts the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council.”

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said on Monday that no foreign troops will be deployed and there will be no NATO presence on the ground in Libya

On Sunday, NATO began taking command of all aerial operations in Libya from the U.S.-led force. The transfer of authority will take up to three days.

The UN Security Council resolution adopted on March 17 imposed a no-fly zone over Libya and measures to protect civilians from Gaddafi’s forces.

Western-led military strikes against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose forces have been attacking rebels in the east of the North African country since mid-February, began last Saturday.  (*)

 

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Russia-NATO Council to discuss situation in Libya ; Russian Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin

Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin
BRUSSELS, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM / Itar-Tass) – The situation in Libya will be in the focus of attention at a session of the Russia-NATO Council at the level of ambassadors on Tuesday, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin told Tass.

According to Rogozin, the Russian side intends to emphasize “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, for his part, told Tass that the Alliance will inform Russia on its decision to assume control over all military operations in Libya. According to him, U.N. Security Council’s resolution does not allow land operations, and the Alliance intends to act strictly within the Security Council mandate.  (*)
 
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NATO has no military plans in Libya – Russian envoy

Dmitry Rogozin

 

 

 

March 3, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA Novosti) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the alliance does not plan any military actions against riots-hit Libya, Russia’s envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Wednesday.

Commenting on Wednesday’s ambassadorial Russia-NATO Council meeting, held in Brussels, Rogozin said Rasmussen was not considering any military campaigns in Libya, however NATO was ready for the most dramatic scenario in the Northern African state, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

Some 2,000 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between protesters and pro-Gaddafi forces since a popular uprising began in the North African country on February 15. Inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are demanding an end to Gaddafi’s 42-year authoritarian rule.

NATO has held two meetings on the situation in Libya, but “has yet to make any particular decisions,” Rogozin said.

The number of refugees fleeing the country has reached 180,000, including 77,000 who had left for Egypt and over 30,000 waiting at the Libyan-Tunisian boarder, UN refugee agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said on Wednesday.  (*)

 
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Russia-NATO Council may discuss Libyan crisis on Wednesday

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) and Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin

 

 

March 2, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia and NATO could discuss the situation in Libya during a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels on Wednesday, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said, as reported by RIA Novosti.

“I am not ruling out the possibility that the situation in Libya may be discussed during the meeting, although the issue is not on the official agenda,” Rogozin told RIA Novosti after a working meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday.

Rogozin said that despite serious disagreements among members on alliance’s involvement in possible military actions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, NATO would most certainly act only on approval by the UN Security Council.

The international community has already condemned the violence by Libyan authorities that reportedly killed up to 2,000 people in clashes between protesters and supporters of leader Muammar Gaddafi since a popular uprising began on February 15. Inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are demanding an end to Gaddafi’s 42-year authoritarian rule.

On Tuesday, the United Nations suspended Libya’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council in an effort to persuade the country’s regime to stop violence against protesters.   (*)

 
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