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Chinese President Hu Jintao meets French President Sarkozy, saying force is no solution to Libyan issue
MOSCOW, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM ) — Coalition forces involved in a military operation in Libya should act strictly within the UN mandate and answer directly to the Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, RIA NOVOSTI reported.
The Security Council adopted this resolution  with the sole purpose of ensuring the protection of civilians,” he said. “So those countries that volunteered to implement this resolution should report to the UN Security Council, not some ad hoc structures.”
Lavrov has been critical of the Western-led military operation, claiming on Monday that it was at odds with a UN Security Council resolution passed on March 17 to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Russia was one of five countries to abstain from the vote.
On Sunday, NATO began taking command from the United States of all aerial operations to ensure the no-fly zone and an arms embargo in Libya. The transfer of authority will take up to three days and should be completed by Wednesday.
Libyan television has reported that dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in the strikes and that many health and education facilities have been destroyed. Coalition commanders deny this. (*)
Indonesia`s largest Islamic organization the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) condemns coalition`s attacks on Libya
Yogyakarta, March 29, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / ANTARA) – Indonesia`s largest Islamic organization the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) has condemned the United States-led coalition`s invasion on Libya and asked the country to be given a chance to solve its own problem, Antara News Agency reported.
“The Libyan people should have been given the chance to solve their own problem,” said the NU Central Board`s deputy secretary general, Abdul Munim D.Z., who read out the recommendation produced by a preliminary meeting of the organization in Krapyak, Yogyakarta, on Monday.
NU was of the opinion that the involvement of the United Nations should only be limited to keeping peace, whereas the fundamental rationality for solving the problem in Libya was to protect the people and sovereignty of Libya.
“With this argument, NU therefore strongly condemns the invasion on Libya by the US-led coalition,” said Munim who read the recommendation of the organization with more than 40 million Muslim followers in Indonesia.
NU also demanded that the Indonesian government play an active role in solving the problems of the Arab states, in particular Libya.
NU also called on the leaders of the Middle Eastern countries to ponder on the strong direction for a change by immediately finding the way out by applying power transition peacefully.
Speaking to the press, NU general chairman K.H. Said Aqil Siroj said that the NU had received information that hundreds of ulamas were currently approaching the opponents of President Muammar Qaddafi to ask them not to carry on their attacks following the involvement of foreign troops led by the US in Libya.
The rare plenum of the NU was attended by Indonesia`s most respected Muslim leaders including Cairman of the NU Advisory Council K.H. Sahal Mahfudh, Vice-General Chairman Asad Said Ali and Secretary General Marsudi Syuhud.(*)
“If necessary, we are ready to send a Peace Keeping Mission Force,” Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here at the Presidential Palace complex, Tuesday.
According to Purnomo, Indonesia would be ready to be involved into any peace keeping mission as it is one of the Southeast Asian countries that send most armed force for such mission.
The participation in keeping the world`s peace was also stated in the Constitution, Purnomo said.
However, Indonesia would send its peace keeping force to Libya if there is any commitment, either in the form of truce or negotiation, from the warring parties to bring peace to the country.
“Therefore, Indonesia would come to Libya not as a part of the coalition force,” he said.
However, Purnomo could not give the exact number of the peace keeping mission personnel as it was based on the extent of the conflict area.
Indonesian government had called on all parties involved in the Libyan crisis, including the multinational force, to settle the dispute in a peaceful way to prevent more death casualties.
Previously, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his official statement, the Indonesian government asked the UN to take part and initiative and also involve the regional organization such as the African Union and Arab League to find the solution politically.
There were only two elements in the UN Resolution no. 1973 about Libyan conflict settlement. They are the No-Fly Zone implementation and the prevention for civilian casualty, the President said.
According to the President, the implicit messages from the Resolution 1973 that were concerned by the Indonesian government were the need of the cease-fire and the political solution or peaceful solution to end the conflict in Libya. (*)
VATICAN, March 27, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Pope Benedict XVI has made his strongest statement to date on the conflict in Libya, calling for “an immediate dialogue” to halt the violence there, Deutsche Welle reported on Sunday.
Speaking at his Sunday blessing in St Peter’s Square, Benedict said he was appealing to “international organizations and those with political and military responsibilities” to start talks leading to a suspension in armed hostilities.
The pontiff said there was “an urgent need to rely on every diplomatic measure available” to bring about a reconciliation between the warring parties.
Nazi massacre site
On Sunday, the Pope also paid his respects at a site on Rome’s outskirts where the Nazis executed over 300 Italian men and boys during World War II in retaliation for a partisan attack in which 33 German soldiers were killed.
The 83-year-old pontiff knelt in prayer at the graves of the victims, before he and Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, each recited a psalm. Among those killed were some 76 Jews.
It was the first visit to the site as pope by the German-born Benedict. The location, known as the Ardeatine Caves, was also visited by his predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II.
In 1998, former SS Captain Erich Priebke was sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court for his role in the killings. The 97-year-old Priebke is currently under house arrest granted to him due to his age. (*)