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Russia calls for ceasefire, peace talks in Libya

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Laaska News March 30,2011.

MOSCOW, March 30 (Xinhua) — An immediate ceasefire and the start of peace talks in Libya are key priorities for the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

According to Russian state TV, Lavrov discussed the situation in Libya with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Schpindler.

“The reforms (in Libya) have ripened, but what the Libyan state would be, this is up to the Libyans themselves. What is clear, this will be a different, democratic regime,” Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister said that Moscow was concerned with the forceful developments around Libya and urged both sides there to start internal political dialogue.

He also expressed Moscow’s disagreement with the intentions of some military operation’s participants to arm the rebels.

“We completely agree with the NATO Secretary General that operation in Libya has been conducted for protection of the civilians, and not for their armament,” Lavrov said, “Moscow is interesting in a faster cease-fire and beginning of talks.”

He added that Russia could demonstrate different position during the vote over Resolution 1973 in the U.N. Security Council in case the document would clearly define the limits of use of force.

“Russia always assumes that there is a need to avoid casualties among the civilian population and to prevent use of force against civilians. We would support Resolution 1973 if it offers use of force only for protection of the civil population,” Lavrov said.

Xinhua.

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