Moscow calls on Libya to stop violence

08:41, February 22, 2011      

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The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Libyan authorities Monday to resolve the domestic unrest peacefully by national dialogue and provide security for Russian citizens in the country.

"We call on all sides in Libya to peacefully resolve existing problems, by a responsible and broad national dialogue and necessary reforms," the ministry said in a statement.

The statement also urged the Libyan government and all Libyan sides "to take all necessary measures to guarantee the security of Russian citizens."

"We also recommend that Russian citizens refrain from traveling to Libya," the statement added.

Also on Monday, the Russian Emergency Ministry confirmed its readiness to evacuate Russian citizens from the North African country if needed.

The Foreign Ministry's statement followed mass protests in Libya starting on Feb. 15. Media reports said the clashes between protestors and policemen have claimed nearly 200 lives.

On Monday, violence in Libya escalated as thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in the capital Tripoli.

Source: Xinhua

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