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No political asylum for Gaddafi: Russia

Posted by on July 19, 2011 0 Comment

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. Zeenews

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