Libyan ambassador resigns

2011-02-23 10:38

Jakarta, Indonesia – The Libyan ambassador to Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei has resigned from his posts, the foreign ministry said today, reportedly in protest at Muammer Gaddafi’s crackdown on the Libyan people.

Salaheddin M El-Bishari told The Jakarta Post newspaper that it was his “personal decision” and he was worried for the safety of his family back in Libya.

“Soldiers are killing unarmed civilians mercilessly. Using heavy weaponry, fighter jets and mercenaries against its own people.

It is not acceptable. I have had enough of it.

I don’t tolerate it any more,” he said.

“I have submitted my resignation as secretary of the Libyan People’s Council in Indonesia in response to what’s going on in my country.”

The ambassador was not available to comment on the report but an Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that he had notified the government of his decision to resign.

The UN Security Council yesterday condemned the violence and the use of force against civilians, deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators and expressed deep regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Libyan authorities have acknowledged at least 300 dead in the past week, but rights groups say the toll could be as high as 400.

Gaddafi ordered his forces to crush the “rats” on the streets, warning armed protesters they would be executed and vowing to fight to the death.

The Arab world’s longest-serving ruler said he would die as a martyr rather than give up power.


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