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Gaddafi must quit - Libyan envoy to SA

2011-02-28 10:40

Johannesburg - Another of Muammar Gaddafi's foreign envoys has called on the Libyan leader to resign.

Libyan's ambassador to South Africa, Abdallah Alzubedi, spoke out after senior Libyan diplomats around the world rejected Gaddafi's regime.

Libya's UN mission even supported the Security Council move on Saturday to impose arms, economic and other sanctions against Gaddafi, his relatives and close associates.

"I would like for him to resign because it is in the interest of the people for him to resign," Alzubedi said, adding he and others at the Pretoria mission had considered resigning, but decided that would leave the people of Libya without representation at a time of crisis. On Friday, his embassy issued a strong condemnation of the violence against demonstrators in Libya.

"We can stand by our people," Albuzedi said. "We can serve our people."

Fears of escalating fighting

The ambassador said he knew Gaddafi, and did not believe he would accept calls for him to quit.

"He will not step down easily," Alzubedi said, adding he feared that will mean escalating fighting.

Gaddafi has tried to claim leadership in Africa, and spent his country's oil wealth liberally on aid and development projects across the continent. But he is also seen as a meddler who inflamed wars and contributed to instability in other African countries. His imperious ways - for instance, rolling into African capitals with large, traffic-snarling entourages for state visits - also has rankled.

Over the weekend, the three African nations on the Security Council - Gabon, Nigeria and South Africa - joined the others on the main UN decision-making body in unanimously voting for sanctions against Gaddafi.

South Africa said that with its vote, it was sending "a clear and unambiguous message to the Libyan authorities to end the carnage against its people".

Comments
  • AJ - 2011-02-28 10:51

    Isn't our govt supposed to be telling that to the Libyan envoy rather than the other way around?

      Hamner - 2011-02-28 12:12

      The SA government is too busy stuffing up South Africa to have any time for piddling matters such as the massacre of innocent people anywhere in the world. The ANC will soon feel the wrath of the SA people.

  • za101 - 2011-02-28 10:56

    they should get rid of the green embassy flag and put up the pre gadaffi flag

  • MyNews24 Editor - 2011-02-28 10:58

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      ToffaSaffa - 2011-02-28 11:23

      testies 1 2, testies

      Allin - 2011-02-28 11:46

      Didn't you mean to say "testicles"?

      freddy - 2011-02-28 13:41

      Best comment on News24 yet.

  • W0lvEriNE - 2011-02-28 11:00

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  • Alwyn - 2011-02-28 11:04

    The ANC LED Goverment will allways support Gadaffi,he supported them during Apartheid and they will just like him cling to power,the ANC will never step down even if they would lose through elections,same with Mugabe and all other Banana republics in Africa

      Blikskottel - 2011-02-28 11:29

      I agree with you. In the WC it is clear and evident that the ANC is making plans to get it back allready.

      Khane - 2011-03-01 13:16

      which history do you khow the ANC let off power in the western cape and remember the ANC was democratically Eleceted y the majority if the majority wants ANC to go out of power yes we will step down

  • neonpigeon - 2011-02-28 11:09

    Yet South Africa's envoy to Libya has no opinion about Libya using it's air force against it's own citizens etc. Morally bankrupt.

  • Blip - 2011-02-28 11:27

    Gaddafi is a real "Nicky No-Mates" now. His own hand-picked ambassadors are forsaking him.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-02-28 11:29

    Secretly the ANC regime must be hoping Ghadaffi survive all this. His money feeds them to an extent, in return for their support of him as possible future president of Africa. Imagine that happening? That will confirm Africa's position as number 1 laughing stock and basket case of the world.

  • marco - 2011-02-28 11:41

    Libya has been run by Gaddafi(1969-)for more than 40 years,much longer than Egypt's Hosni Mubarak(1981-2011).Like most Arab World Rulers or Arab monarchies including the Arab monarchical republics,Libya's government is a family run government,the Gaddafi's,and they run the country like it's their cash machine or ATM.That's how it is with most if not all of these Arab Rulers.They don't give a f**k about democracy or constitutional rule or being accountable to their citizens,what they,the family,says is law and **** everybody else and that's how Libya sees it.America knows this and behaves rather surprisingly cautious when it doesn't have good relations with other nations.America has Egypt,Bahrain and Tunisia in bed so they don't give a **** telling these nations what to do next,but not so with Libya.Syria and Iran must be watching very closely America's treatment of these opposite reactions of government of(1)Egypt/Tunisia/Bahrain and(2)Libya towards it's peaceful demonstrators and say hang on a minute how come two different approaches to the same problem by America-the World's Police Department.Libya has massive oil and gas reserves and so does Iran hence these countries have what everybody especially the WEST needs most and that's an energy source in its OIL.The US imposed sanctions on Libya but that won't work.Libya had sanctions imposed on them before in the 1990's and did those sanctions get rid of the "this mad dog of the Middle East",Gaddafi-NO he's still there.America has a ballooning budget deficit,brent crude oil prices are rattled to $119 a barrel by this crises in the Middle East and because of Libya shutting down its production.Libya is part of OPEC and this body of nations,which includes Saudi Arabia,produces 30% of the world's energy or oil.Last thing the West wants is for Libya to draw in Saudi Arabia with this crises.America is aware sanctions against Gaddafi won't work as the West allready done that in the 1990's and it would only inflame a situation that has repercussions for the U.S. and world economy as it's still struggling with it's fragile recovery. The other thing is how two faced America really is.Muammar Gadhafi is using mercenaries from Sierra Leone,Chad,Sudan etc to quell the unrest in his country,but he has done so before.Yes Gaddafi used American mercenaries before.In the late 1970's Gadhafi used two notorious Americans,Frank Terpil and Ed Wilson under false pretenses as his mercenaries even though these guys were on active duty in the American Army according to "Soldier of Fortune" magazine.Both Terpil and Wilson were former CIA agents accused of many crimes,including illegal arms dealing.Both the UN and America is very quick to say that we "monitor the Gaddafi regime's behaviour or that Colonel Gaddafi has lost the confidence of his people" etc but they,the US government,never answer for all the K@K they caused in the first place.Why is this mad dog of the Middle East still in power given his reputation America?

      Frankie - 2011-02-28 12:40

      Because Gadhafi knows where "the bodies are buried"... The ANC have made a laughing stock of themselves by not categorically denouncing Gadhafi before now. Look how how quiet the AU heads of state are. Scared of the Mad Colonel! It will be their turn soon. The Revolution is not going away...

  • Dnt8 - 2011-02-28 11:45

    SA sort out your own f@$&king backyard ...

  • Hlalanathi Madotyeni - 2011-02-28 11:55

    African leaders tend to be selfish, arrogant and stabron, why? Mugabe, Mubarak ,and now El Gaddafi. Is Zuma any better?

      Melly30 - 2011-02-28 11:58

      No he is not!!!

  • dnel1974 - 2011-02-28 12:04

    The world really do not care what our gov says, as we are a laughing stick bunch of fools. Who will EVER listen to someone with 28 wifes and writing that off as "culture". Europeans also used to have multiple wifes in the middle ages, but we have EVOLVED!!

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-28 12:37

    Was'nt long ago when the SAfrican public led by the ANC were chanting: "CASRO-CASRO-GADDAFI-GADDAFI" Schizofrenic Hypocrites !!!

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