Libya welcomes Russian efforts in peace talks

July 21st, 2011 - 6:34 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Libya will support any Russian assistance in the peaceful mediation of the crisis in the country, a minister has said.

Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow Wednesday on the situation in Libya.

“Libya will welcome any Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict,” al-Obeidi said. “We proposed finding a solution equally acceptable for all Libyans, including the opposition in Benghazi.”

Al-Obeidi also said Libya supported the African Union’s idea on a ceasefire and starting talks between the opposing sides.

The minister, however, added that he had not discussed with his Russian counterpart the future of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his possible resignation.

The talks were “not a place for discussions on this issue”, he said.

Libya has been rocked by fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces since February. An international military operation began March 19 following a UN resolution and has been extended till September.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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