No political asylum for Gaddafi: Russia

Last Updated: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 21:21

Moscow: Russia on Monday categorically ruled
out political asylum for the embattled Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi in the country.

"This last question has been answered on more than one
occasion - the answer is negative," Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov said when asked by reporters whether Gaddafi could come
to Russia to live in exile.

Responding to a host of questions about Libya at a
joint press interaction with his visiting Azerbaijani
counterpart, Lavrov said: "Moscow recognises the Transitional
National Council of Libya (TNC) as a negotiating partner, but
not as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan
people.

He criticised the recognition of the TNC as the sole
legitimate representative of the Libyans saying it tantamount
to siding with one party in a civil war, Interfax reported.

Last Friday, the Libya Contact Group comprising of
about 40 states, as well as representative of the United
Nations, the Arab League and the African Union recognised the
TNC as "the legitimate governing authority in Libya" until the
establishment of an interim authority.

The Kremlin`s Africa envoy Mikhail Margelov had been
shuttling between Tripoli and Benghazi to broke a peace deal.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 21:21

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