Monday, March 7, 2011

'US seeks strategic change in Libya'

Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh

Source: Press TV

A senior Iranian lawmaker has warned the United States against its possible military intervention in Libya, saying Washington seeks a strategic change in the North African country.

“Libya currently is in need of humanitarian aid and not military interventions by certain powers, including the United States, which are based on their own interests,” a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“We believe that the objective of such ideas is not based on defending the Libyan people but is a bid to change the strategic situation in this North African country,” he added, ISNA reported.

He pointed to the ongoing bloody events in Libya and expressed regret that the United Nations and its affiliated bodies failed to play their role within the framework of the UN Charter.

The Iranian lawmaker said the current developments in Libya and the savage killings of the country's people have created a fresh wave of concern in the world, particularly in the Islamic Republic.

He warned that certain powers are making efforts to prepare ground for military intervention in Libya and called on the chief of the United Nations to require responsible bodies to defend the rights of the Libyan people and condemn and bring the country's dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his allies to trial.

Falahatpisheh also asked Ban to pave the way for the Libyan people to determine their own fate without the interference of other countries.

The remarks came after media reports suggested that the United States and its allies may be preparing the ground for a military intervention in Libya.

The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone over Libya.

The US Senate Armed Services Committee said all options, including the military option, should be on the table.

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