Thursday, May 05, 2011

China, Russia Slam Attacks on Libya

The Russian and Chinese envoys to the United Nations have raised alarm on the NATO airstrikes on Libya, saying the attacks exceed the UN Resolution 1973 that authorized a no-fly zone.

"Unfortunately it must be noted that actions by NATO-led coalition forces also lead to civilian casualties. This took place in particular during recent bombings of Tripoli," Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said during a meeting of UN Security Council members on Wednesday.

Churkin insisted that any military action outside the UN mandate would be unacceptable. Resolution 1973, approved in February, authorized the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya to protect people fighting against the long-time rule of Muammar Gaddafi.'


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