AU urges end to Nato Libya strikes

2011-05-26 21:13

Addis Ababa - African leaders on Thursday called for an end to Nato airstrikes on Libya to pave the way for a political solution to the conflict.

The leaders made the call after a summit dedicated to the Libyan crisis held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

"As far as Nato airstrikes are concerned... you will see [in the summit declaration not yet made public] a clear call by heads of state and government for those airstrikes to come to an end," said Ramtane Lamamra, the AU's Peace and Security Commissioner.

"This is part of the requirement for political solutions to become possible," he said, adding: "The African Union shares the belief ... that what is taking place now goes beyond the scope of [UN resolutions] 1970 and 1973."

The AU is opposed to the military campaign against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and called for a ceasefire and a peaceful means to resolve the fighting that followed mass anti-government protests in mid-February.

But the head of the Libyan rebels' Transitional National Council delegation to the AU summit said the Nato strikes had prevented mass civilian killings by Gaddafi’s regime.

"If it were not for the Nato, we would have had massacres in Libya similar to those that happened in Rwanda," said Abdalla Alzubedi.

"They have been mainly targeting military positions to protect civilians. Civilians are still under attack by the regime in so many cities all over Libya," he added, also calling for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

The pan-African bloc also sought a stronger say in the crisis.

"Some international players seem to be denying Africa any significant role in the search for a solution to the Libyan conflict," the AU Commission chief Jean Ping said Wednesday at the start of the summit.

"Africa is not going to be reduced to the status of an observer of its own calamities."

  • MK - 2011-05-26 21:38

    So who started killing his own citizens. Tha Mad Dog Gaddafi. So now the AU wants to force Nato to leave citizens at their own mercy in Libya. AU sucks.

  • Ralph Long - 2011-05-26 22:27

    Sounds like Gaddafi is paying them. If he stopped his attacking then there would be some grounds for this but he continues with his attacks, so no, Nato must continue.

  • Ibo - 2011-05-27 00:10

    Everyone who have mind can see what is the sinking Europe did and doing in Libya, the axis of evil tried to sell the rubbish arguments that Kaddafi COULD DO crime to his people, the irony is that the ones who said this are the ones killed millions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and still killing countless number of innocents up to now and holding thousands innocents in prison for over ten years without any trail or fair judgments. And stand with Israel who is killing thousands. They first exaggerated and exacerbated on this all over their political media day & night until now they have nothing to add.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:39

      You're being a fool. This is absolute nonsense. Anyone in their right mind can see this.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:55

      Ibo, you, your leader, his sons and his daughter are going down. You're violent abusers of human beings.

  • Ibo - 2011-05-27 00:11

    Accusing Gaddafi on his citizens? Yes they say. Please remember that this same Kaddafi is the one who refused to gave up one Libyan person who was accused by the same west. Kaddafi was ready to be bombard and then get sanctions but not betray 1 Libyan person, later this same Kaddafi accepted to pay over 1.5 billion dollar to rescue the release of this one Libyan citizen, a recent released wikileaks cable confirmed to us what many had expected, the cable said Kaddafi had threaten the almighty English and told them that if 1 Libyan citizen die in the English jail the whole English will pay for that. No country, no president or king in the last century ever stood for his/her citizens and was ready to go that far as Kaddafi did, and I dare anyone to prove me wrong. So is this Kaddafi is the one who were about to kill his citizens??? Please tell me something else. Empyreal west is looking for ways & places to get wealth & quench their thirst of economic hardship they are going through and worsening by the day.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:41

      More rubbish. You don't know what you're talking about. Gadhafi is a egomaniac who has killed thousands of innocent civilians, and jailed thousands more just because they texted they want free and fair elections. This is your hero.

  • jack - 2011-05-27 00:58

    I salute the strong African leaders for standing for the right. NATO believe me are killing women and children in Tripoli, Libyan people will never forgive them . 2.5 Million people in Tripoli have also said no to the traitors who want the west to try their latest bombs on terrifying and killing our babies while peacefully sleep at night ((MADNESS)) Good Bless Africa

      Ibo - 2011-05-27 09:42

      African Eunuch leaders are not strong; I am calling for them to stop talking and start acting on arming Kaddafi the peaceful, legal Libyan leader and active African leader. Kaddafi is good for the citizens of Libya as he doesn’t save trillions of the Libyan oil money in western Banks as other Arab & African leaders are doing. We needs leaders like Kaddafi in African, so I am calling for Africans particularly the South African government to help meaningfully to arm Kaddafi to quell those western rebels. If you look at the 4 axis of evil who are leading the aggression in Libya, they (Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy & Berlusconi) none of them have majority supporters even 50% in his country, so this tells us that majority of the citizens don’t like them, will this legalize for anyone who can financially and technically back those oppositions to remove those criminal leaders & warmongers? And if that happen, what those leaders could do if groups of people pick up arms to remove the leaders by forces? What Sarkozy, Obama & Cameron could reply?

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:41

      Jack and Ibo, thankfully you have no power, no say in this. You're both being delusional fools. You have no idea what is really going on.

  • Etrigan - 2011-05-27 08:20

    Look,I'm the first one to say that what Gaddafi has done and still doing should get him the same treatment that any war criminal deserves,but and here is the but....what the US,NATO and UN is doing is just plain criminal,you impose a no fly zone and then you sent in your own air forces to bombard buildings and in the process not only killing family of the man but civilians as well.Now maybe I got the wrong end of the story and please correct me if I have,but doesn't a no fly zone mean no military or civilian aircraft and were does bombing of buildings and ground forces fit into this

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:48

      NATO is going to great lengths to avoid harm to civilians. They have done well. Gadhafi and his sons are using the state machinery, including the military, which belongs to the Libyan people, for their own aims. They want to stay in power. This all started with peaceful demonstrations for free and fair elections, a basic human right. Gadhafi and his sons attacked these unarmed civilians, killing thousands of them. Gadhafi said he would show no mercy and kill everyone who opposed him "like rats". With actions and words like these, the freer world should really have given them time to surrender, and gone after them directly if they did not.

  • Allah - 2011-05-27 08:55

    10, 20,30,42 years on power? That's greediness, he must give chance to some other people to prove to the people on what they got.

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:50

      Libyans have the right for a modern constitution that guarantees free and fair elections periodically, the rule of law, a free media and other basic human rights.

  • daaivark - 2011-05-27 09:07

    Some seriously inarticulate, yet verbose people commenting here. Whew.

  • Ibo - 2011-05-27 09:08

    NEWS24 YOU DELETED MY FIRST COMMENT HERE WHICH I WAS TALKING THE FACT TO THE AWB MILITIAS HERE. This western aggression is really bizarre; we are told that rubbish resolution 1973 is to protect civilians, so on the process they need to bombe armed persons and places to stop them from attacking, now since when arm rebels are become civilians? Why NATO doesn’t bomb the rebels we see the TV around the streets with weapons? Axis of evil said: they are having embargo on Libya to stop them from getting weapons, and there is another article here on news24 which the title is the “LIBAN REBEL CAPITAL FULL OF GUNS” the question is where those rebels are getting the weapons while the embargo is on going? we know the billions is been already spent to buy weapons to the rebels, the money comes from the gulf oil Arabs and the arms is been supply by the axis of evil. The French has just sent attacker helicopters to the rebels, so what is really going on?

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:51

      Thank your lucky stars. In Libya under Gadhafi you'd be dead for expressing yourself, unless you praised the magnificent leader and kissed his feet.

  • EDI2000 - 2011-05-27 10:26

    This is all happening in North Africa right... I mean Libya is on the otherside of the continent who cares if they blow themselves into bite size chunks... Surely as Saffas we have more important things to worry about, like our faltering democracy, growing one party state dictatorship, calls for genocide, assults on press freedom, corruption , crime... etc etc etc ...

      slg - 2011-05-27 16:52

      This is highly irresponsible

  • jack - 2011-05-27 18:05

    Libyans have the right to do with their country what ever they wish , even if they want Qaddafi out,however inviting blood thirsty powers to kill people in Libya would only make the suitation worse. The west is doing this becuase they love you or even care less about you , it's done because Libya is such an Important country with economic and strategic position , hence any pretext would be used to get into it. The bad news for the west is Libyans specially in Tripoli will never accept the naive and politically shortsighted guys in Benghazi, mark my word

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