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India regrets military action against Libya

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: India on Sunday regretted the U.N.-sanctioned air strikes launched by the U.S.-led forces in Libya and urged all parties to resolve their differences through peaceful means, abjuring the use of force.

“India views with grave concern the continuing violence, strife and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya. It regrets the air strikes that are taking place. The measures adopted should mitigate — and not exacerbate — an already difficult situation for the people of the country,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

“Spoke to Ambassador Manimekalai in Tripoli a short while ago. She is cool and calm.

Harrowing Saturday night though, with jets screaming above, she says,…” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said in her tweet.

The Ministry said India hoped that the air strikes would not harm innocent civilians, foreign nationals and diplomatic missions and their personnel still in Libya. “India calls upon all parties to abjure the use, or the threat of use, of force and to resolve their differences through peaceful means and dialogue, in which the U.N. and the regional organisations should play their roles.”

The U.S.-led coalition started pounding Libyan defence targets on Saturday, as Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi vowed to open his arms depots to his people to retaliate against the western aggression.

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