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'Humanitarian intervention' in Libya exacerbates regional situation - Zavarzin

Crowd of Protesters in LibyaMOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax-AVN) - The coalition military operation against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, which started on Saturday, resembles the NATO operation against the former Yugoslavia in 1999, and 'the humanitarian intervention' exacerbates the regional situation, Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee Viktor Zavarzin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"NATO strategists are trying to resolve an extremely complicated military-political situation of the region at one stroke. This looks to me as the alliance's operation against the former Yugoslavia in March 1999. The same as before, the coalition is trying to implement the 'humanitarian intervention' concept," he said.

The coalition "forgets that international laws do not accept the so-called humanitarian bombings. We have seen that before. Vast economic damage was done to the country. The escalation of force exacerbates the regional situation," he said.

"Political or military expediency must not prevail over international laws," Zavarzin stressed.

"Russia opposes the military operation in Libya, because it directly harms the civilian population. Alas, the use of foreign military force kills civilians and affects civilian sites," he said.

Gaddafi disagrees with international norms and must be opposed, but civilian casualties are impermissible, he said.

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