NATO may target Gaddafi – William Hague

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague does not rule out that NATO may wipe out the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during the ongoing military operation, reports The Guardian daily.

The Foreign Secretary said this in a statement for the BBC.

He also said that the alliance would continue to bring military pressure to bear on Gaddafi. Earlier Moscow officially denounced western politicians’ attempts to usurp the right to punish or pardon the leaders of other countries.

EU readies for large-scale military operation in Libya

The European Union is preparing for a large-scale military operation if the United Nations authorizes the international coalition to scale up its military action in Libya. This comes in a 60-page document that has landed in the hands of reporters of Germany’s biggest daily publication, Das Bild.

According to the paper, all branches of arms are due to take part in the operation in question. The plan also enumerates the threats that the western force will come to face in Libya, specifically terrorist attacks, road and field mining and the drawing of the troops into inter-clan and inter-tribal conflicts.

A ground operation in Libya would thus prove a dangerous undertaking for Europe, the document says. According to the plan, the operation should last no more than four months.

NATO strikes fail to ensure Libya settlement

NATO airstrikes have failed to ensure a settlement in Libya, says the African Union Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra. He was speaking during a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

The meeting focused on the situation around Libya. The African Union has reiterated that it rejects any foreign interference in Libya. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said Tuesday that the humanitarian situation was worsening in the North African country.

The international community’s basic objective in Libya is the protection of civilians, preservation of ceasefire and political decision-making, Ban Ki-moon said.

Gaddafi forces resume attacks on Misurata

Libyan government troops have resumed attacks on the rebel-held city of Misurata west of Tripoli.

Several Grad missiles reportedly hit the Misurata port on Tuesday, injuring dozens of African refugees.

A humanitarian vessel that came to evacuate them had to leave the port and head out to sea.

[Source: The Voice of Russia, Moscow, 27Apr11]

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