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Russian, S.African presidents to discuss peace settlement in Libyan crisis

RIA Novosti

15:38 04/07/2011 SOCHI, July 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma plan to discuss peaceful ways of settling the Libyan conflict.

Zuma arrived for a short visit to the Russian resort city of Sochi, where a NATO-Russian Council meeting is currently underway.

"I will not hide the fact that I would like to discuss during our brief meeting the situation in Libya and the search for a solution to this problem, including in particular a peaceful settlement of the situation," Medvedev said.

The Libyan issue is one of the main topics on the NATO-Russian Council's agenda.

The participants of the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on Friday decided not to support or fulfill the International Criminal Court's order to arrest Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

At the end of June, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Gaddafi, his son Saif al Islam, and the country's intelligence chief, Abdullah al Senussi for crimes against humanity.

During an earlier African Union meeting in South Africa's capital of Pretoria, the mediators in the Libyan issue stated that Gaddafi had already made an important step by not sending anyone from the current Libyan government to represent the country during possible peace talks.

Libya has been rocked with anti-Gaddafi protests 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. March Resolution 1973 authorized nations "to take all necessary measures" to help protect Libyan civilians.

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