Rogozin calls on UN to draw conclusions from NATO's Libya campaign

The recent events in Libya have shown that NATO has appropriated the right to tackle issues of war and peace that lie within the jurisdiction of the UN Security Council, Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin told Interfax.

"I think that the most painful conclusions will be drawn by the UN, which NATO has already evidently put on par with itself and does not view it as the sole exclusive force capable of making decisions on the start and completion of war," Rogozin said.

In this situation, the UN Security Council, which holds exclusive jurisdiction over issues of war and peace in line with international law, "risks becoming an agency that is constantly ignored," he said.

"From now on, NATO will decide when to start a war and when to finish it," the Russian envoy said.

The first conclusions can already be drawn from the "campaign we have witnessed against our own will," he said.

Since the early days of the civil conflict in Libya, Russia has been opposed to any expansion of this conflict, Rogozin said.

"Furthermore, it was categorically opposed to NATO using resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council as blotting paper," he said.

Rogozin said he was convinced that NATO used the resolutions on Libya to promote its narrow, selfish goals to seek the "establishment of control over this country, which has a small population, but practically limitless oil reserves."

[Source: Interfax, Moscow, 23Aug11]

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