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Moscow seeks to revoke NATO's flight permission over Libya

Other News Materials 22 October 2011 06:21
After the death of former Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, Russia wants to revoke NATO's UN permission to fly over the North African country's skies, DPA reported.
Moscow seeks to revoke NATO's flight permission over Libya

After the death of former Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, Russia wants to revoke NATO's UN permission to fly over the North African country's skies, DPA reported.

Moscow's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin late Friday submitted a new resolution to the UN Security Council intended to partially lift resolution no. 1973, which enabled NATO forces to bombard Libya.

The move came the same day that NATO announced the end of its military mission in Libya, which will conclude October 31 after its successful effort to protect civilians from a tyrannical government, NATO ambassadors meeting in Brussels late Friday agreed.

The NATO council said the decision was preliminary and that it would make a formal decision early next week in consultation with Libya's transitional authorities.

The original resolution, which Russia also approved, allowed military action in Libya, as long as no boots hit the ground.

The NATO action against Libya has been a thorn in the eye of Russia, which did business with Libya. Moscow's diplomats seek to lift the resolution as soon as possible. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticised the NATO attack on Gaddafi's convoy as an infringement against the resolution.

The meeting on Friday evening ended without a decision, but is slated to continue on Tuesday.

NATO has conceded that it fired on the convoy as it came out of Gaddafi's last stronghold, his hometown of Sirte, but insist that they never targetted any single persons in their attacks.

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