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Secretary Gates: Almost as if Some World Leaders Believe Gadhafi's Lies

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- Meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Russian Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya.

“Unfortunately, the recent developments in the country demonstrate that it is experiencing real difficulties which result in destroying civilian facilities and killing civilians,” Serdyukov said. “This shouldn't have been -- this shouldn't have been let to be happen, and we informed our U.S. counterparts of our opposition, and we urge all belligerent parties to do their best to stop the violence, and we believe that an immediate ceasefire and a dialogue between the belligerent parties is the surest way to reliable security of civilians.”

Gates in response said “the coalition is going through great lengths to avoid civilian casualties and most of the targets are air defense targets isolated from populated areas. I also told him that I thought the significant military fighting that has been going on should recede in the next few days.”

The American defense secretary said he had assured his Russian counterpart “that the actions of the coalition were completely consistent with the UN Security Council resolution calling for the imposition of a no-fly zone and protecting civilian lives. The resolution of the Arab League and also of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which led to the Security Council resolution, were in fact in recognition that Colonel Gadhafi was killing large numbers of his own people.”

Gates later told reporters, “I’m a little curious, frankly, about the -- about the tone that has been taken.  It’s perfectly evident that the vast majority, if not nearly all, civilian casualties have been inflicted by Gadhafi.  Most of our targets, virtually all of our targets are isolated non-populated areas, air defense sites, SA-5s, 2s, 3s and so on. And we’ve been very careful about this.  And it’s almost as though some people here are taking at face value Gadhafi‘s claims about the number of civilian casualties, which as far as I’m concerned, are just outright lies.”

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Defense Secretary Gates Visits Oman Sultan

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Department of Defense(MUSCAT, Oman) -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in Muscat, Oma, Sunday to meet with the nation's leaders. The visit comes in the wake of the WikiLeaks latest release of diplomatic cables, and Iran's first batch of "yellowcake" enriched uranium.

Gates is stopping in Oman before travelling to the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The layover was arranged partly for diplomatic reasons, due to Sultan Qaboos' help in coordinating a dialogue with Iran in Bahrain last week.

"One of the things we highly value in the relationship with the sultan is the fact that he is widely regarded as an honest broker in the region. He’s someone who enjoys a lot of respect from all parties," a defense department official told reporters.

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