Libya hit by first round of Western military attacks (2)

16:32, March 20, 2011      

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) launches a Tomahawk missile in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn in the Mediterranean Seain this handout photo March 19, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

After the first round of airstrikes, Australia on Sunday warned that the international military move in Libya will be complex and difficult, and would be dangerous for coalition forces.

But Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd seemed still in favor of the actions, as he termed it as "a necessary and moral course of action."

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said "This is about a broad range of military actions to try and protect the Libyan people."

However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Saturday that Russia regretted the foreign military intervention.

In a statement, Lukashevich said the military actions against Libya was based on a "hastily passed" UN Security Council Resolution. The statement also called for a cease-fire in the north African country as soon as possible.

"We urge again all parties in Libya and military operation participants to do everything to prevent civilians suffering from the actions and call for a cease-fire and an end of violence as soon as possible."

China's Foreign Ministry on Sunday also expressed regret over the multinational military strike against Libya, saying that it did not agree with resorting to force in international relations.

China believes that the tenet and principles of the U.N. Charter and relevant international laws should be adhered to, and Libya's sovereignty, independence, unification and territorial integrity should be respected, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

Meanwhile, reports on late Saturday said a high-level African Union (AU) panel on the Libya crisis opposes any foreign military intervention in Libya.

According to earlier reports, Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz said that the panel rejects any kind of foreign military intervention in Libya.

The AU panel, formed a week ago, comprises several presidents from African nations, and was set up to engage with all parties in Libya, facilitate in an inclusive dialogue among them, and engage AU parties for the speedy resolution of the crisis in Libya.

 
 
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