Russian FM Lavrov to meet with Libyan opposition representatives

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on Monday in Moscow with representatives of the Libyan opposition to discuss the current state of affairs in Libya.

The meeting in the Russian capital will focus on preconditions for a ceasefire and negotiations between the government in Tripoli and rebel authorities in Benghazi.

The delegation from Benghazi initially planned to pay its visit to Moscow last week, but later postponed it “for technical reasons.”

The revolt in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi’s forty-year rule, which began in mid-February, has already claimed thousands of lives, with Gaddafi’s troops maintaining their combat capabilities despite NATO airstrikes against them.

Despite allied efforts under UN mandate, fighting between the rebels and Gaddafi loyalists has come to a standstill on several fronts.


MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti)

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