Int'l mediation lacks progress in Libya as NATO escalates raids (3)

15:23, June 01, 2011      

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The Gaddafi administration is facing mounting diplomatic pressure from the West, as the opposition is actively seeking international recognition and support.

France, Italy and Qatar have recognized the opposition NTC, while the United States, Turkey and the European Union have established relations with the opposition.

At the just wrapped-up Group of Eight (G8) summit held in Deauville,France, Russia, a traditional friend of the Libyan government, abruptly shifted its position by saying Gaddafi must step down.

Although Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said Libya didn't care about decisions made by a G8 summit that he said should focus on economic issues, it was an undeniable fact that Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, had completely changed its stance on the Libyan crisis, which may have a considerable impact on the situation in Libya.

The Libyan government is also trying to woo domestic and international support by reporting to the world civilian casualties caused by NATO raids and expressing the will to reach a ceasefire with the opposition.

The opposition, while gaining strength and support, still falls short of having an absolute edge over the Gaddafi camp.

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Source: Xinhua
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