NATO denies stalemate in Libya, calls for patience   2011-05-04 03:18:24 FeedbackPrintRSS

BRUSSELS, May 3 (Xinhua) -- A senior NATO military commander on Tuesday denied there was a stalemate in Libya and urged more patience for the alliance's mission.

"A mission of this type is a deliberate mission and therefore takes time... Everyday something positive happens. With our airstirkes, with our arms embargo, with our protection of the Libyan people, we take step closer to the final objective we have to reach," Italian Vice Admiral Rinaldo Veri said via video conference from Naples, Italy.

"I personally don't think there is a real stalemate. Let's say that we are going slowly but steady... We are still moving forward, " he said.

The commander, who is responsible for the naval element of the operation, also said that following neutralizing Gaddafi's front forces, NATO is now targeting ammunition depots, logistic lines, command and control centers and lines of communication.

It has been more than a month since NATO assumed full command of the military campaign in Libya from the United States.

However, there is still no end in sight as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has shown no sign of giving in.


China voices opposition to actions beyond UN authorization in Libya

BEIJING, May 3 (Xinhua) -- China voiced opposition here on Tuesday to actions that were beyond the authorizations of the UN Security Council.

"China is concerned about increasing tensions in Libya which have caused many casualties," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, adding that her country always opposes any actions beyond the UN Security Council's authorization.    Full story

Russia voices doubts on NATO's air strike in Libya

MOSCOW, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Moscow was increasingly concerned about the fatalities among Libya's civilian population, including the death of three grandsons and the youngest son of Muammar Gaddafi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Russia thus doubts the statement by the NATO coalition which says NATO's air strike are not targeting Libyan leader Gaddafi, the statement said.    Full story

NATO raids on Libya "a form of new colonialism": S. African expert

JOHANNESBURG, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Ongoing NATO airstrikes on Libya represent a form of new colonialism and the Libya crisis risks evolving into a prolonged conflict with even more bloodshed and chaos, a South African expert on international affairs says.

NATO's operations in Libya could not continue forever, Anna Alwes, a research fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua. "The world's nations knew this well and they must be careful in not pushing it too far."    Full story

Fidel Castro says Libya's resistance to NATO airstrikes "amazing"

HAVANA, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Thursday the Libyan government under Muammar Gaddafi has put up an "amazing" resistance against the air raids by NATO allies.

"One can agree or disagree with Gaddafi's political ideas, but nobody has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations," Castro wrote in his regular "Reflections" column published by the official daily Granma.    Full story

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