Foreign intervention in Libya could fuel terrorism: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the Western-led military campaign in Libya could fuel international terrorism.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Algiers: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov on Tuesday warned that the Western-led military campaign in
Libya could fuel international terrorism and called for
respect of international law.

"If the situation worsens, then we will face new cases
of international terrorism and other events which we would
like to avoid," he told a press conference in Algiers after
talks with his Algerian counterpart Mourad Medelci.

Medelci meanwhile said that the Western air strikes on
Muammar Gaddafi`s forces in neighbouring Libya were
disproportionate and called for an "immediate cessation of
hostilities".

Medelci also accused countries taking part in the
UN-mandated military campaign in Libya of having "worsened the
crisis".

The Algerian minister said the air strikes went beyond
the objective of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 which
mandated the operation to protect Libyan civilians.

Lavrov raised the spectre of terrorism "if we lose
control of the situation" in Libya.

The Russian minister warned that going beyond the
objectives set in UN Resolution 1973, essentially protecting
Libyan civilians through the imposition of a no-fly zone, "can
create conditions for these new threats".

"Respect of international law must be the main
criterion," Lavrov said. "We must avoid a situation where,
through a double standard policy, we fuel new passions and new
outbreaks of violence," Lavrov said.

And Medelci called for "an objective assessment" by
the UN Security Council on Thursday of implementation of
Resolution 1973 to ensure that there be "no change of
objective," citing a "political objective" by Western powers
which he did not define.

Bureau Report