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Russia warns against new UN approval on use of force without clarifications

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MOSCOW, April 5 (Xinhua) — Russia could oppose the UN Security Council in adoption of any new resolution approving use of military force without clarification, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Tuesday.

The top Russian diplomat said that Moscow did not consider the UN Security Council resolution 1973 on Libya as a precedent and insisted that the frameworks of the use of military force in conflict situations would be determined more clearly in the future.

“We would not like the Security Council to decide on anything like that again, and we would like the text to be as specific as possible on who will use military force and how it will be used,” Lavrov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

He added that it was “a serious thing” and people need to “learn from the experience.”

Lavrov said when the UN resolution 1973 on Libya was discussed, Russia suggested that the countries initiating it must explain who precisely would be ready to use military force to ensure a no-fly zone and state the limits of use of force. But the suggestion was declined by the resolution drafters.

“It was one of the reasons why Russia abstained. These ambiguities would only create problems for the Security Council and for those implementing this resolution,” Lavrov said.

NATO continued to enforce a no-fly zone by air strikes and implement arms embargo against Libya with naval vessels patrolling the Mediterranean.

Xinhua.