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NATO should be impartial in Libya - Russian envoy

RIA Novosti

17:36 06/07/2011 MOSCOW, July 6 (RIA Novosti) - NATO should remain impartial in the Libyan conflict, Russia's envoy to the military alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Wednesday.

"NATO has long gone beyond what was expected and ordered by the 1973 resolution on Libya," Rogozin said on state TV. "Now, common sense dictates that NATO must stop it actions and, on top of this, not get involved in this civil war on the side of one of the parties."

France dropped arms to support rebel Berber tribal forces in the mountains south-west of Tripoli, and there are reports of foreign military advisers working in Benghazi.

Libya has been rocked by fighting between pro- and anti-government forces since mid-February. The international military operation began on March 19 following a UN resolution and was extended until late September.

UN Security Council Resolution 1970, passed in February, prohibited states from providing any kind of arms to Libya. Resolution 1973, passed a month later, authorized countries "to take all necessary measures" to help protect Libyan civilians.

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