Libyan PM "not aware" of training Syrian rebels

Published Thursday, March 8, 2012

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib said Thursday he was "not aware" of any camps training Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's rule in Syria.

"As far as training camps, unless this is done without government permission, which I doubt, I'm not aware of any," Kib told reporters during a brief press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Russia's UN envoy Vituly Churkin on Wednesday accused Libya of helping to train Syrian rebels to carry out attacks on Damascus government targets.

"We have received information that there is in Libya, with the support of the authorities, a special training center for Syrian revolutionaries and these people are sent to Syria to attack the legal government," Churkin said.

"This is completely unacceptable according to all legal standards. This activity is undermining stability in the Middle East," he told a Security Council meeting on Libya.

"We think that Al-Qaeda is in Syria. And now there is the question -- is the export of revolution being turned into export of terrorism?" Churkin added.

Russia is Syria's closest ally and a fierce critic of Western military action that brought down Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Russia and China have vetoed two UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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