Serbia concerned about threat to civilians' lives in Libya
22. March 2011. | 17:55
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug
The Serbian government stated today that Serbia is deeply concerned about the situation in Libya, especially the risks to the lives of civilians.
Serbia calls for the respect of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and international humanitarian law in order to immediately stop civilian deaths and further demolition of the country.
Serbia fully endorses Libya’s territorial integrity and wholeness, the statement adds.
ZES: Bombing is not a solution for exercise of human rights
For a European Serbia whip (ZES) Nada Kolundzija said Tuesday that Serbia is committed to the respect for human rights and that the bombing of a country cannot be seen a good way to enforce those rights.
“It is important that Serbia has a clear stand regarding its commitment to respect human rights on the one hand, but on the other hand, Serbia has reason to believe that bombing a country is not at all the best way to achieve human rights,” Kolundzija told reporters in the Serbian parliament.
Answering the question what position Serbia should take regarding the current events in Libya, she said that it was not advisable for Serbia to “spend too much of its limited foreign-policy resources.”
Jeremic: The most important thing in Libya is to stop the plight of civilians
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said on Tuesday that Serbia is concerned and unhappy over the current situation in Libya, adding that it is now important to cease combat operations and prevent more civilian casualties.
Jeremic said at a press conference after meeting his Portuguese counterpart Luis Amado that Serbia, as a responsible member of the international community, supports the decision of the UN Security Council, but that, on the other hand, also supports territorial integrity and sovereignty of Libya.
Referring to air strikes on Libya, Serbian foreign minister said that Serbia had bitter experience with air attacks in the past and that it therefore calls for an end to war and to excessive use of force that causes death and injury of civilians.
Amado said that Lisbon supports all the UN Security Council decisions.
He added that the decision gives legitimacy to the Western Coalition.