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Iran warns against Libya disintegration

muhammad_khazaieeIran’s ambassador to the United Nations has warned against the disintegration of Libya and the interference of foreign powers in the internal affairs of the North African country.

“If an interim government is established in Libya, it has to be watchful against the disintegration of this country into two parts,” Mohammad Khazaei told on Tuesday.

He also urged the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and other regional organizations like the Arab League to be vigilant so that the “the sovereignty of Libya and the unity of its nation” are not harmed.

The remarks come as forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi are struggling to prevent anti-government protesters from reaching the capital Tripoli.

Thousands of people have been killed in the crackdown on protests by the Libyan regime in the past two weeks.

The Iranian envoy to the UN also noted that foreign powers should not be allowed to interfere politically or militarily in Libya.

On Monday, the United States positioned naval and air forces around crisis-hit Libya as the Libyan regime’s bloody crackdown on anti-government protests continue to rage in the North African country.

The United States, along with Britain and France, has also sent hundreds of Special Forces to Libya’s east. The forces are setting up bases in the cities of Benghazi and Tobruk.

The move comes against the backdrop of heated discussions over the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone on Libya, and a NATO-backed military intervention. The potential intervention, on which no unanimous decision has been made, has raised concerns over dire consequences it might have in Arab states.

Aiding those injured in Libya has to be carried out through international institutions, the Iranian top diplomat concluded.

During Italy’s colonization of Libya that began in 1934, the North African country was divided into Tripolitania (western Libya) and Cyrenaica (eastern Libya).

Libya declared its independency from Italy in 1951, when King Idris formed a monarchy in the North African country.

Gaddafi, who led a military coup against King Idris, came to power and established “the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya” in 1969.

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