Key diplomats disown Gaddafi’s regime

2011-02-22 08:02

New York - Key Libyan diplomats disowned Muammar Gaddafi's regime on Monday and the country's deputy UN ambassador called on the longtime ruler to step down because of its bloody crackdown on protesters.

The Libyan ambassador to the United States also said he could no longer support Gaddafi, and the ambassador to India resigned. Almost all Libyan diplomats at the United Nations backed deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi's pleas to Gaddafi to end his 40-year rule and to the international community to intervene.

The UN spokesperson's office said late on Monday that the Security Council had scheduled consultations on the situation in Libya for Tuesday morning.

Earlier, Dabbashi had said he was writing to the Security Council calling for action to stop the bloodshed.

As diplomatic support for Gaddafi began to crumble, Dabbashi warned that if he doesn't leave, "the Libyan people will get rid of him".

Gaddafi’s security forces unleashed the most deadly crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, with reports on Monday that demonstrators were being fired at from helicopters and warplanes. After seven days of protests and deadly clashes in Libya's eastern cities, the eruption of turmoil in the capital, Tripoli, sharply escalated the challenge to Gaddafi.

Human rights

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon late on Monday expressed outrage at the reported aerial attacks, saying they would be "a serious violation of international humanitarian law", and again called for an immediate end to the violence, the UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said. Earlier on Monday, Ban spoke to Gaddafi for 40 minutes urging a halt to the bloodshed, respect for human rights and protection of the civilian population.

Libya's ambassador in Washington, Ali Adjali, told BBC World that the reports of firing from warplanes spurred his decision not to support the government any more.

"To me it is a very sad moment seeing Libyans killing other Libyans," he said. "I'm not supporting the government killing its people. ... I'm (not) resigning Muammar Gaddafi's government, but I am with the people. I am representing the people in the street, the people who've been killed, the people who've been destroyed. Their life is in danger."

Dabbashi, the deputy UN ambassador, also said he and the UN diplomats were not resigning because they served the people of Libya and not the regime.

"This is in fact a declaration of war against the Libyan people," he told reporters, surrounded by a dozen Libyan diplomats. "The regime of Gadhafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people."

Libya's UN Ambassador Mohamed Shalgham was not present at Dabbashi's press conference. He told the UN correspondent for the pan-Arab newspaper, Al-Hayat, that all diplomats at Libya's mission supported Dabbashi "excluding me". Shalgham said he was in touch with the Gadhafi government and was trying "to persuade them to stop these acts".

Mass killings

Libya's Ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi, told the BBC he had resigned because of "massive violence against Libyan civilians", while Abdel-Moneim al-Houni, who resigned Sunday as Libya's ambassador to the Arab League in Cairo, demanded Gaddafi and his commanders and aides be put on trial for "the mass killings in Libya".

"Gaddafi’s regime is now in the trash of history because he betrayed his nation and his people," al-Houni said in a statement.

A Libyan diplomat in China, Hussein el-Sadek el-Mesrati, told Al-Jazeera, "I resigned from representing the government of Mussolini and Hitler."

Gaddafi appeared very briefly on Libyan state television early on Tuesday to attempt to show he was still in charge and dispel rumors that he had fled.

Gaddafi  is reportedly using mercenaries against the protesters and Dabbashi urged the international community to impose a no-flight zone "on the cities of Libya so no mercenaries, no supplies of arms will arrive to the regime."

Dabbashi also urged the international community to establish safe passage for medical supplies from neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt to get across the borders to Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, which was the scene of the heaviest fighting. By Monday, protesters had claimed control of the city, overrunning its main security headquarters.

"We also call on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by Gaddafi against the Libyan people," Dabbashi told the Associated Press.


The best scenario, he said, "is to have him before the court, to prosecute him and to know from him everything about the crimes he committed before, whether it is ... the genocide he is committing now or the disappearance of certain important personalities... and all the other crimes he has committed during the 42 years in power."

Dabbashi also called on all countries to refuse entry to Gaddafi if he tries to escape and to monitor financial transactions if he tries to send money outside Libya.

Some 70 human rights groups called for immediate international action "to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people".

The groups urged the UN Security Council to meet and take action to protect Libyan civilians from "crimes against humanity", and they urged the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya from membership on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.

The signatories included the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, Physicians for Human Rights, Geneva-based UN Watch, and groups from many other countries including South Africa, Switzerland, India, Nigeria, Germany, Pakistan, Venezuela and Britain.

  • moses.selepe1 - 2011-02-22 08:33

    gadaffi`s time has arrived. Mugabe must learn, so must Bagbo and the current ANC government. Gadaffi must go instead of people dying the way they are.

  • Eric - 2011-02-22 08:35

    I am shocked to find that there are still leaders out there so blatendly out of touch with there people..........Apart from us I mean ;)

      moses.selepe1 - 2011-02-22 08:38

      The world is full of such leaders, our country is taking a blue print from most of them

  • Jady Hewitt - 2011-02-22 08:58

    Like dominoes they fall.... Beware oh self-enriching, could-not-care-less-about-the-people, insensitive leaders of the world as we know it. Your time is coming. You could save a lot of lives by leaving before the revolt.

  • kaMazibuko - 2011-02-22 08:59

    the anc government has only been in power for less than 20 yrs, with three different presidents at the time, so i just dont understand what ya'll are going on about esp with the strong constitution that SA has. It has become the norm for people to put the ANC in their comments to get attention, ure men - get the sand out of your v@gin@s

      adnaan.slamdien - 2011-02-22 09:24

      I have to agree that we are a young democracy and our constitution is very strong but when the ANC cannot control it's own young leaders, then where is the democracy? These so called leaders of the youth are corrupt and merely want the lifestyle that they see in rap videos. Bling bling and women are the only things concerning their little minds, but how little can their minds be if their stealing millions from our people? Let us as a people unite and take action against the parasites that are infecting our beautiful country with corruption. How do they sleep at night knowing that they have ripped the country of resources and in turn killed many people in the process. We need reform, not change as we have had that already

      modefan - 2011-02-22 09:34

      I hate the new ANC government( not Mandela's one ), and all it's blind supporters... but South Africa isn't even close to those countries, those countries are f@ked up

  • tom96cat - 2011-02-22 09:34

    and he wanted to be King of the african continent ..

  • johane254 - 2011-02-22 10:33

    And this Gaddafi moron is so widely supported by the ANCYL. He is Shivambo's and Malema's hero, as is Mugabe. Mugabe, you are next. The Zimbabwean people will also revolt and oust you, your adulterous wife and all your cronies. I wonder what Malema and Shivambo will come up with in a public statement when this happens - Youth League Idiots

  • Knersus - 2011-02-22 10:40

    ????Mugabe shoots and does not give a Sh'#t what the world says. will not work, its africa, you will propably have half of the SA goverment, (Zuma and Mbeki) backing him that there is another solution, . But even celver people know that solotions take 5years in africa, so happy ruling Mugabe. Till the next rigged election.

  • Lanfear - 2011-02-22 12:17

    Woohoo! Down with the mad dog of Africa! Down boy down! Damn, I wish we could initiate an international hit-list of all the idiotic, dictatorial, mass-murdering scum that sit on councils as the presidents and/or leaders of countries. But the tide is rising like a tsunami, one I think that is spreading and gaining momentum. Now in the middle-east and north Africa, but soon it may reach world-wide shores. Lets hope.

      Chuck - 2011-02-22 13:27

      ja, so the whole world can be at war, that'll be fun - as long as you don't have to be out on the streets getting shot at by gunships right? Don't get me wrong, Gadaffi and all the other dictators should go, but it is starting to look like since the Egyptians got it right, a mass revolution is now on it's way - not a good thing. Can't we just do one revolution at a time?

      african son - 2011-02-22 15:52

      The world is changing and the EU, Asia & US know this and they are sitting like vultures waiting for it to erupt so they can swoop down and be sitting pretty when the dust clears. With uorisings from the people as well as the natural disasters occurring almost weekly now we can only hope that the tyrants are the among the first casualties. I would love to see these countries with their advanced weapon systems try to take down a tsunami, earth quake or flood waters. All mankinds advances in technology have failed the people it was meant to help. Poverty, food shortages, water shortages etc show us that we have failed as a species. Our world is dying and it is time for the "little" man to stand up and overthrow their so called "leaders" and let us get the world federation going, all nations equal and no power given to parties or individuals ever again. The time is up for being afraid of governments and dictators or so called democracies, none of them work for the people only to enrich the parties and their friends/associates. It is time the people ruled and not the governments.

  • walla - 2011-02-24 10:23

    Here is an idea.... Get South Africa to change its policy by encouragin the Libyan Ambassador to resign, and thus leaving South Africa with even Libya's diplomatic mission to South Africa rejecting Gaddafi. South Africa would thus be pushed to possibly engage in dialogue with the Libyan ambassador that has resigned, as other countries are doing. Gaddafis stay in power and violent repression, is in part still being aided by his good standing in the international community, and his many friends (like South Africa). International opinion is swiftly changing in favour of the Libyan people over Ghadafi, many Libyan diplomats (around ten already including Ambassadors to the UN, Arab League and the US) have resigned from the regime, renounced Ghadafi and the violence. If we can persuade the Libyan Ambassador to South Africa to resign, this may help to affect a change in South Africa's reaction to the situation. We as South Africans can help by calling on the Libyan Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. A Alzubedi to renounce the violence, renounce Gadafi and declares he no longer represents Gadafi but rather, the Libyan people. You can do this by faxing, emailing or phoning the embassy of Libya in South Africa I have attached a sample letter below, which you can cut and paste and use. The contact details are below: Embassy of the People's Bureau of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Ambassador H E Dr A A Alzubedi Tel: 012 342 3902 Fax: 012 342 3904 Please bear in mind. You should be polite to the Ambassador as we want to sway his opinion. Address him as Your Excellency, or His Excellency in the third person. If you phone, you will not be put through t o the ambassador, but rather his PA, who was very polite to me. Try your best to speak to the ambassador and to relay messages to him, but if this fails, please also try convince the PA of the terrible situation in Libya and his obligation to convince the ambassador. I hope you can all help, its just a simple call, email or fax. Please also forward these instructions ( to others if you can, copy it forward it, post it on other posts and share it on Facebook abnd Twitter. Please spread it, copy paste, remix it. Your Excellency Ambassador Al Zubedi I am writing in my personal capacity as a fellow and concerned African to ask that you try to do all you can to end the current death and suffering of your great and brave people. Gaddafi's forces and his hired mercenaries have killed between 233 and 500 peaceful protestors. They are being fired upon with heavy weapons and being bombed from aeroplanes. I kindly ask that you do the right think and follow what many of your fellow diplomats have done by renouncing Gaddafi, calling for an immediate end to the violence, and declaring that you no longer represent him, but rather the Libyan people. The Libyan people need you to do this now. And History, Allah, your people and the world are watching. Please, in addition to renouncing the violence and calling for Ghadaffi to step down, contact the UN, African Union, South African and Egyptian governments and ask for help in achieving these objectives by asking them to renounce the violence and call on Gaddafi to step down. I sincerely hope that you are a good man, and will follow in suit of your brave people, as well as many other brave diplomats who have also followed this course of action. Sincere regards

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