Diplomats: covert aid to rebels among options for West
Russia, China increasingly frustrated by Libya operation
Flouting sanctions could create bad precedent for Iran
By Louis Charbonneau
UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (Reuters) - A stalemate on the battlefields of Libya and a political deadlock on the U.N. Security Council have left Western powers with a stark choice -- covertly aid the rebels or leave them in the lurch.
Analysts and U.N. diplomats warn that if the United States, Britain, France or their allies were to exploit loopholes in, or secretly circumvent, a sanctions regime they themselves engineered in February and March, it could prompt Russia or China to adopt a similar stance on the sanctions against Iran.
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