Medvedev meets UN chief as Libya alarm mounts

President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon amid mounting Russian concern that Western actions in the Libya conflict were flouting UN Security Council resolutions.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 21:32 PM IST

Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon amid mounting Russian concern that Western actions in the Libya conflict
were flouting UN Security Council resolutions.

Medvedev last week criticised the West for
exceeding the mandate of the UN resolution establishing a
no-fly zone over Libya and essentially launching a "military
operation" in the north African country.

The Russian president told Ban he wanted to discuss
ongoing conflicts in Africa, the situation in the Middle East
and North Korea in the talks at his Gorky residence outside
Moscow.

"There`s still a need to undertake plenty of
efforts to improve the foundation of international legal order
and facilitate the development of democracy and adherence to
human rights in various parts of our planet," Medvedev said.

Ban told Medvedev that world leaders had agreed
that "the international community should work together very
closely, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions."

Speaking after a summit with the leaders of Brazil,
India, China and South Africa in southern China last week,
Medvedev said a loose interpretation of UN resolutions was a
"very dangerous tendency in international relations."

Russia had abstained in the vote on the UN Security
Council Libya no-fly zone resolution, refraining from using
its veto in a move that drew praise from the West.

But yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov expressed regret that the West was increasingly being
drawn into the conflict which threatened to spill into a
ground operation.

After talks with Ban, Lavrov did not specifically
refer to Libya but admitted that Moscow was concerned about
how the UN resolution on the no-fly zone had been used in
reality.

"We have discussed in detail such issues like the
need to strictly observe the mandates adopted by the UN
especially in situations connected with the use of force and
the issues related to these mandates being spelled out in a
more precise way," he said.

PTI