Russia says Libya military intervention needs UN approval

World Monday 14/March/2016 20:22 PM
By: Times News Service
Russia says Libya military intervention needs UN approval

Moscow/Algiers: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that a military operation in Libya is only possible if the United Nations Security Council approves it, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.
"We know about the plans of military involvement, including in the situation in Libya. Our common view is that it could be done only with the permission of the UN Security Council," Lavrov said after talks with his Tunisian counterpart in Moscow.
"A possible mandate for an operation against terrorists in Libya must be defined unambiguously so as not to allow perverted and false interpretations."
Meanwhile, Algeria's top military chief has heightened the army's state of alert over border security because of concerns over arms trafficking and turmoil in neighbouring Libya, where IS has gained ground.
Chief of staff and deputy defence minister Ahmed Gaed Salah visited southeast Algeria, close to Libya's border, on Sunday, days after the army killed three extremist militants in an ambush and seized an arsenal including stinger missiles.
Algeria, Africa's largest country with over 1,000 km (600 miles) of border with Libya, has been warning about potential for violence to spill over from its neighbour which has sunk into turmoil since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
To Algeria's south, extremist militants have expanded their attacks recently to parts of Mali and beyond.
"What our region is living in terms of disorder and an unprecedented worsening of the security situation could have unfavourable outcomes on security and stability," the commander said, according to APS state new agency. "We need to be more vigilant." Algeria has already increased its military presence along the borders with more troops and using drones for surveillance, according to local press reports. Algeria, steadily emerging itself from more than a decade of conflict with armed extremist fighters in the 1990s, is a key Western ally against militancy in the region.
Violence and attacks in Algeria are rarer, though Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and IS affiliates are still active in pockets of the country especially in the remote south and the mountains to the east of Algiers.