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April 15, 2011
Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that NATO was exceeding its UN mandate in Libya and called for an urgent move toward a political settlement to the conflict.
Lavrov made the statement after talks with NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.
"Today we see actions that in many cases go beyond the framework set by the Security Council," Lavrov said.
Part of resolution 1973
4. Authorizes Member States that have notified the Secretary-General,
acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, and acting in
cooperation with the Secretary-General, to take all necessary measures,
notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and
civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,
including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any
part of Libyan territory, and requests the Member States concerned to inform the
Secretary-General immediately of the measures they take pursuant to the
authorization conferred by this paragraph which shall be immediately reported to
the Security Council;
Perhaps the russian foreign miniter may want re-read this paragragh and correct himself.