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Russia, SA 'must work together on Libya'

2011-04-13 14:07

Sanya - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday told his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma their countries should work together to resolve armed conflicts including the one unfolding in Libya.

The two leaders met briefly in the southern Chinese city of Sanya on the eve of the BRICS summit, which will bring them together with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Zuma went to Tripoli at the weekend as part of an African Union mediation team seeking to broker a truce between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebels, but a peace plan fell through when the rebels insisted the strongman step down.

"Of course, when these turbulent processes are ongoing on the African continent, we are closely watching what is happening in North Africa," Medvedev told Zuma.

"I think the resolution of this and other conflicts depends on the level of co-ordination of our efforts," said the Russian leader.

South Africa supported a UN Security Council resolution establishing a no-fly zone over Libya and authorising "all necessary measures" to protect civilians, opening the door to coalition air strikes, while Russia abstained.

South Africa nevertheless does not support regime change in Libya, while Russia has said that Gaddafi should go.

On Thursday, South Africa will for the first time join the BRICS summit, designed to showcase the growing economic and political clout of the world's major emerging powers.

The meeting is expected to adopt a declaration which will likely address the Libya conflict.

Comments
  • zap - 2011-04-13 14:30

    The club of despots

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-13 15:58

      ????????????? ?????????

  • Ccsignor - 2011-04-13 14:48

    pfft!..the government can;t even work on solving south africa's problems!

  • Carlin - 2011-04-13 14:50

    The Russians have never exported anything but weapons of destruction. What do they know of peace proposals? And now they are our bedfellows. God help us.

  • mik - 2011-04-13 14:53

    WHAT THE HELL DOES JZ KNOW ABOUT WAR? OR ANYONE IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR THAT MATTER? He will probably say, stop the war and we will give you more guns...

  • mik - 2011-04-13 14:53

    WHAT THE HELL DOES JZ KNOW ABOUT WAR? OR ANYONE IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR THAT MATTER? He will probably say, stop the war and we will give you more guns...

  • nws - 2011-04-13 15:20

    one communist country to a noter your a bunch of ignorant bastards . Russians help the anc in there struggle against the white man supplied them with guns and training

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-13 15:59

      What language do you speak ?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-13 16:01

      What language do you speak ?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-13 16:01

    'Rulers FOr Life' must be removed from power. Let the citizens of their countries sort them out.

  • slg - 2011-04-13 16:21

    Zuma, Gadhafi and his sons must go. Period. You're numb to oppression and state violence if you think otherwise, and completely out of step with the democratic international community.

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