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Russia recognizes Libyan rebels as legitimate negotiators

Topic: International sanctions against Gaddafi regime

14:20 24/05/2011

Russia recognizes Libya's Transitional National Council as a legitimate negotiator on Libya's future, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Lavrov met with Abdel Rahman Shalgam, a representative of the Libyan opposition, on Monday. The opposition has been seeking to oust Libya's long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi since mid-February.

"The Transitional National Council does not seek to be recognized as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people, but wants to be seen as a legitimate partner in negotiations on Libya's future," Sergei Lavrov said.

A total of 14 of the 28 NATO countries are taking part in the operation Unified Protector in Libya, which includes airstrikes, a no-fly zone and naval enforcement of an arms embargo in response to attacks on civilians.

Russia abstained in the UN Security Council vote on the resolution.

Western media reports claim the U.S. has suggested the Libyan rebels open a representative office in Washington.

MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) 

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  • suhailSupporting rebels is bad.
    10:10, 28/05/2011
    Gaddafi must go.But that doesn't make the rebels legitimate negotiators.Supporting the rebels is a great tactical blunder.So if Gaddafi can't be supported,Russia may just play the game of wait and watch and act at the opportune time wisely.

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