“We prevented new Srebrenica in Libya”
TRIPOLI, BRUSSELS -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that the world has prevented a massacre of the sort seen in Srebrenica in 1995 through the intervention in Libya.
"In a single week, we prevented a potential massacre, stopped an advancing army (loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi) and expanded the coalition," Clinton said.
Libyan rebels have accused Gaddafi’s forces of using banned cluster bombs in the city of Misrata.
The rebels have been trying to evacuate civilians from the combat zone by ships and boats to the city of Benghazi.
“The situation is painful. There’s no place to sleep, there’s no water, electricity, there’s shooting everywhere,” the rebels say.
Clinton said after NATO member states foreign ministers’ meeting in Berlin that all parties agreed on the way that the conflict in Libya should be solved.
The U.S. secretary of state added that information that Libyan forces were using heavy weapons in Misrata were worrying.
“The fact is that we have reached a solid and sustainable consensus about our goals among all NATO members, which is necessary in order to achieve them. I have spoken in detail with many colleagues regarding concrete steps and we all need to make an effort in order to isolate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and protect the Libyan people. I have to say that all the things Colonel Gaddafi and his forces are capable of doing do not surprise me, that’s a worrying information and it’s one of the reasons why fighting in Misrata is so difficult, because everything is happening in urban zones. This represents a big challenge both for NATO and the opposition,” Clinton pointed out.
“NATO exceeded UN mandate”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has, on the other hand, accused NATO of exceeding the UN mandate and called for emergency action to politically solve the conflict.
The Russian minister said in Berlin that he was against use of “excessive force”.
"We believe that it is extremely important to put the situation onto a political track and switch to political-diplomatic methods in settling the problem as urgently as possible. In that sense Russia supports African Union’s initiative and we believe that additional use of force might lead to new civilian victims,” he stressed.
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MINSK -- The death toll in the Minsk metro blast rose to 12 as one of the victims died in hospital on Tuesday, the country's security service said, RIA Novosti reports.
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BENGHAZI -- Libyan rebel leaders have rejected a proposed African Union peace plan, VOA reports.
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JERUSALEM -- The Palestinian Administration headed by Mahmoud Abbas is to a large degree capable of running a potential Palestinian state, says a UN report.
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BELGRADE -- This April 12 marks 50 years since Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.
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It is a day of key talks for Libya’s future, euronews is reporting.
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TRIPOLI -- Libya’s government has announced it is ready to accept a roadmap for resolving the country’s crisis as proposed by a group of African Union envoys.
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ABIDJAN -- Ivory Coast's incumbent president, Laurent Gbagbo, has been detained, VOA reports.
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VIENNA -- A regional media organization has issued a statement condemning the recent bomb attack against a reporter in Northern Cyprus.
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PARIS -- Women in France who wear the traditional Muslim full-body veil in public now face fines, Deutsche Welle reports.
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MINSK -- Police in Belarus say they have arrested a suspect in connection to this week's deadly metro bombing, Deutsche Welle reports.
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TBILISI -- Georgia is taking part in computer-assisted war games as part of the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) program, the Georgian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
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DOHA -- The international “contact group” formed to assist rebels fighting against Muammar Gaddafi has called on the leader to stand down and get out Libya.
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SANAA -- Yemeni security forces clashed with a rogue army unit in the the capital, Sanaa, leaving one person dead and several injured.
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MOSCOW -- The leaders of five of the world's major emerging economies have called for reform of the UNSC to give developing nations greater say on global issues.
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Belarusian authorities said a total of five suspects have been arrested following a blast that tore through a crowded subway station in the capital Minsk.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has not ruled out running for president in the country's 2012 election, VOA reports.
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A declaration signed by Barack Obama David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy says allowing Gaddafi to stay in power would amount to a “betrayal” of the Libyan people.
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MOSCOW -- The Kremlin-backed United Russia party will endorse PM Vladimir Putin for president in 2012, a top party official said on Thursday, Deutsche Welle reports.
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BEIJING -- China’s economic growth for the first quarter of this year eased slightly, while inflation reached its highest level in nearly three years, VOA reports.
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Gaza -- An Italian pro-Palestinian activist, who was abducted on Thursday in the Gaza Strip, was found dead.
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KABUL -- Five foreign and five Afghan troops have died in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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WASHINGTON -- In order to avoid a repeat of the global financial crisis, the G20 nations have decided to put the policies of seven of its members under the microscope.
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WARSAW -- Poles filled churches on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others in western Russia.
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TRIPOLI -- African Union leaders are headed to Libya in an effort to resolve the political crisis between leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebels attempting to overthrow him.
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TEL AVIV -- Hamas says it wants to end a recent round of fighting with Israel after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak signaled willingness to agree to a cease-fire.
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CAIRO -- The Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court has ordered on Saturday to dissolve the country's ousted President Hosni Mubarak's party.
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BEIJING, WASHINGTON -- China has told the U.S. to stop preaching on human rights, after the state department's annual report on the issue criticized China.