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Gaddafi blasts UN

2009-07-15 13:02

Egypt - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi blasted the United Nations Security Council as a form of "terrorism" in a speech at the Non-Aligned Movement's summit in Egypt on Wednesday.

Sporting a purple turban and saffron robes, Gaddafi said he did not "trust" the council, which he accused of harming NAM member states.

"The Security Council is terrorism," he told leaders of more than 50 developing states gathered in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

He said he wanted to correct the imbalance at the Security Council, demanding a seat for the African Union (AU), which he currently chairs.

NAM states "are the majority at the United Nations. The Security Council does not represent us, it is monopolised by a few countries that are permanent members," Gaddafi said.

Permanent seat

"This represents a danger toward international peace. We have been harmed (by) all sorts of harm from the Security Council, it has become a sword over our necks," he added.

The AU "deserves a permanent seat," he said, also urging Latin America to form its own grouping at the UN and also demand a seat of its own.

Founded in 1955, NAM's 118 member states represent around 56% of the global population. NAM states consider themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc.

The movement has repeatedly called for reform of the 15-member Security Council, which can adopt binding resolutions, including imposing sanctions and authorising the use of force in cases of serious threats to international peace and security.

Its makeup has remained largely unchanged since the United Nations was established in 1945. It has 10 rotating members and five veto-wielding permanent members: the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France.

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