Russia and Arab League say “no” to use of force in Libya
Laaska News March 22,2011.
On Monday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Arab League’s Secretary General Amr Mussa met in Cairo and discussed the situation Libya. They have agreed that the situation there should be resolved only by peaceful means. In an interview with the “Voice of Russia” Lavrov said that the results of the international conflict in Libya may have unpredictable consequences for the whole region.
Moscow finds that NATO’s military actions against Gaddafi’s regime go beyond the UN Security Council’s mandate, which envisages such measures only for the protection of the civilian population, the Russian Foreign Minister said.
The Libyan people have an exclusive right to define the future of their country, he added.
“We hope the consequences of the situation in Libya won’t seriously damage the situation in the region and won’t lead to the break-up of any states. We hope that the Arab League will help Libyans to carry out reforms with the minimum possible bloodshed.”
This idea was upheld by the Arab League’s Secretary General Amr Mussa. He said that the League had urged the establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya in order to protect its peaceful population.
Now the League hopes to settle conflicts in Yemen and Bahrain exclusively by holding a political dialogue.
While the diplomats were discussing the ways out of the international crisis there were protest demonstrations in front of the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo.
The Egyptian people held anti-American slogans demanding to put an end to the external intervention in Libya.
The protesters even tried to attack the motorcade of the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who had met Amr Mussa just before the Russian Foreign Minister. The protesters only cried out several slogans and after that the policemen pushed them back.
The situation in Egypt is gradually stabilizing after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. There are traffic jams again at the central square of Tahrir, which was the main venue of the recent revolution. Souvenir sellers are making profits by selling souvenirs with revolutionary symbols and the date of January 25.
At Sunday’s referendum about 80% of people voted for the amendments into the Constitution. The amendments in particular imply the reduction of the presidential term to four years from six years and allow not more than two presidential terms for one leader.
As for tourists in Egypt their safety remains the main issue. Though the Egyptian authorities promised to guarantee tourists’ safety, on Monday, Sergey Lavrov has not received any clear confirmation of such guarantees. That is why the Foreign Ministry recommendation to refrain from visiting Egypt remains in force.