Some countries Monday blasted the ongoing West-led military operation against Libya government forces, saying the air raids went beyond the UN resolution and must be scrapped immediately.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin severely criticized the U.S. role in the “Odyssey Dawn” operation against Libya.
“The use of force against other countries became a steady trend in the U.S. policy,” Putin noted, adding this trend was “disturbing.”
He also said the UN resolution “is, surely, flawed and lame…as it allows intervention in a sovereign country.”
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize all necessary measures, excluding ground troops, to safeguard Libyan civilians.
A number of Western powers including France, Britain, the United States, Denmark and Italy have launched a string of air strikes on Libyan targets since Saturday.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reprimanded the West for bombing Libya, saying some countries manipulated the UN resolution to bombard Libya.
“The West is bombarding Libya and they are doing it in a callous way. They don’t care who dies and actually they want (Muammar) Gaddafi to die,” he told reporters.
Mugabe said the African Union and the Arab League had indeed been cheated by the West.
“Our people could not have voted for the destruction of Libyan lives. It’s undoing the Libyan people. I regret it very much,” he said, noting Libya was being attacked by the West for its oil.
Bolivian President Evo Morales told a press conference that it was unaccepted that the Western coalition, under the pretext of protecting Libyan civilians, bombed and destroyed the country.
He urged the United Nations to order an immediate end to the military operation.
He described the intervention as “a crime, an assault and an aggression.”
Morales also called for the withdrawal of the 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate from U.S. President Barack Obama.
“Two years ago we heard President Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize, but at this moment is he defending the peace of the world or is he promoting violence? That is why his prize must be withdrawn,” Morales said.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa denounced the military intervention as “terrible,” and called for an “immediate ceasefire” to make way for peaceful negotiations.
He said Ecuador was firmly against the intervention.
“It is terrible. I think Libya should solve its problems on its own. The only thing the United Nations approved is a no-fly zone. That is to say that Gaddafi’s aircraft can’t bomb the rebels, but what they have done is to bomb all the way to Tripoli, and that is unacceptable,” said Correa.
He said all countries in the Middle East must resolve their problems on their own without the intervention of foreign powers.
Correa repeated calls for the international community to engage in mediation efforts between the parties in Libya so that a peaceful resolution can be found to avoid further bloodshed.
“Perhaps we didn’t learn anything from the case of Iraq? How many lives has the war there cost? How can the human beings make the same mistakes again?”
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, in his microblog, raised questions about the military operation.
He said more diplomatic efforts should have been made to resolve the Libyan crisis.
Recently India and China also pointed out that their nations are against the war in Libya.
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