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All sides, including NATO, will be investigated – ICC

The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has stated that pro-Gaddafi forces, the NTC and NATO will all be investigated in an independent war crimes inquiry in Libya.

Speaking to the UN Security Council, Moreno-Ocampo said,

“There are allegations of crimes committed by Nato forces, allegations of crimes committed by NTC-related forces … as well as allegations of additional crimes committed by pro-Gaddafi forces.

These allegations will be examined impartially and independently by the prosecution.”

His statement was supported by the Indian representative at the Security Council, Hardeep Singh Puri who urged the ICC not to be "influenced by non- judicial considerations" and said,

"We expect that the ICC Prosecutor will carry out a thorough and impartial investigation into all alleged crimes by all parties to the conflict in Libya.

Russia’s representative Sergey Karev also backed the independent investigation, stating,

"The number of civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure from actions of all the belligerent parties in Libya is are very high. Unfortunately, actions of the NATO-led coalition resulted in civilian deaths too."

He added that Moscow expects,

“all those guilty of serious crimes – according to the international law – committed in Libya will be punished."

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