The Western coalition interference in Libya is not sanctioned by the UN Security Council resolution, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.
“We believe that coalition’s interference into the internal, civil war has not been sanctioned by the UN resolution, claiming that the protection of the civilian population remains the priority of Russia.
The Russian chief diplomat was quoted by the state-run Itar-Tass news agency as saying that NATO’s decision to take over the responsibility for military operation in Libya though in line with the UN resolution 1973, should be used for the unique purpose of protecting civilians.
Lavrov stressed the need to act fast on immediate cease-fire in Libya. Claiming Russia had supported mediation offered by several African countries last week.
The UN resolution 1973 set a task to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the civilian population.
Meanwhile, Britain will convene an international conference on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Libya, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Over 40 foreign ministers and representatives from key regional organizations are expected to attend the conference, including the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Chairman of the African Union Jean Ping, the Prime Minister of Qatar and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the ministry said in a statement.
According to the statement, the conference will call for a political process that helps create conditions for the Libyan people to choose their own future.
“It is crucial that a political process begins,” the statement said.
Earlier on Monday, British Prime Minister and French President Sarkozy issued a joint letter saying the London Conference will start a political solution for Libya as “a lasting solution can only be a political one.”
The statement also said Britain and its allies are currently coordinating with key Libyan opposition figures like the Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) and other civil society leaders to begin a national political dialogue.
The conference will also strengthen their commitment to implementing UN resolutions 1970 and 1973, and reaffirm the importance of urgent humanitarian assistance to Libya.
In addition, the participants will forge a wide group to act as a focal point for international thinking on Libya and a forum to coordinate long-term support to the people of Libya.
“This will help ensure that we learn the lessons of the past and undertake early and coordinated international planning for the future,” the statement said.
A mediation bid by African Union to the crisis had been ditched as a coalition forces of America, France and British had taken initiative by forcefully imposing a no-fly zone through military bombardment which adventured more into the core of Mahmoud Gaddafi’s government.
Now the African leaders have been invited to seat at the London’s conference.