30 Mar '11, 2pm

China warns France on Libya strikes

BEIJING: Coalition military strikes on Libya could violate the "intention" of the UN resolution if civilians suffer, Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday told visiting French leader Nicolas Sarkozy. The tough talk from Hu came during a meeting at the start of Sarkozy's mini-tour of Asia, which will include a G20 meeting on global monetary reform and a stop in disaster-struck Japan. Britain, France and the United States on March 19 launched air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces under the auspices of a UN Security Council resolution authorising "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. "The aim of the UN's resolution is to stop violence and protect civilians," China Central Television quoted Hu as saying in talks with Sarkozy at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing. "If the military action brings disaster to innocent civilians and ...

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