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".

- AP
Read more on:    libya  |  libya protests  |  north africa  |  uprisings
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
21 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!

Who would have guessed the world’s least visited country would have such spectacular beaches?

 
 

I love summer.24

LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.