Envoy accuses Gaddafi of genocide

2011-02-21 23:04

New York - Libya's deputy ambassador to the United Nations on Monday called for Muammar Gaddafi to stand down, accusing him of "genocide" and saying he should stand trial for war crimes.

"He has to leave as soon as possible. He has to stop killing the Libyan people," Ibrahim Dabbashi told CNN and other hastily convened media at the United Nations in New York.

"The Libyan people have been patient enough for the last 42 years and I think he has to give up and he has to leave the country as soon as possible," Dabbashi said.

In an interview with BBC World, the deputy ambassador added: "I think it is the end of Colonel Gaddafi, it is a matter of days, whether he steps down or the Libyan people will get rid of him anyway.

"Certainly the best scenario is to have him before the court, to prosecute him and to know from him everything about the crimes he committed before, whether it is the genocide of the prison of Abu Saleem or the genocide he is committing now or the disappearance of certain important personalities... and all the other crimes he has committed during the 42 years in power."

Libyan mission staff at the UN had written a letter calling on Gaddafi to stand down, Dabbashi told The New York Times.

It was not known if Libya's UN ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham was among the dissenters. Dabbashi said he had not seen the ambassador since Friday and did not know whether he shared the opinion of many in his mission.

Declaration of war

"I call on all countries of the world also to not permit Gaddafi to escape inside their territories and I call on them to watch carefully any amount of money which may be flown outside of Libya," he said.

"After we have seen what has [been] happening in Libya and after the kind of declaration of war against the Libyan people which has been declared by the son of Gaddafi yesterday, we find it is impossible to stay silent and we have to transfer the voice of the Libyan people to the world."

Adam Tarbah, a third secretary at the UN mission, told The Los Angeles Times the diplomats made the decision "because of the regime's despicable actions to attack the Libyan people".

"We are aware that this will put our families back home in danger, but they are in danger anyway," Tarbah said.

Tarbah and Dabbashi referred to a speech made on Sunday by Gaddafi's son, Seif al-Islam, who vowed to "fight to the last bullet".

"He was inciting civil war," Tarbah said. "It was shameful".

Libyan diplomats at several embassies around the world have announced they are breaking with Gaddafi.

Meanwhile Libyan state television said security forces were battling "dens of terrorists" in a sweep that has killed a number of people, without specifying where this was or who was being targeted.

  • Lawence - 2011-02-21 23:26

    WOW. They change sides quick

      MaLemmer - 2011-02-22 08:33

      Yeah, like rats off a sinking ship! Makes you think of some types at home...

      Logs01 - 2011-02-22 09:31

      That nothing. Watch the ANC Cronies and their allies when the ANC collapses, how quick they change sides and how "BAD" JZ & Malenema are going to be in their eyes. When the ship sinks, the RATS run first!!

  • Heinz - 2011-02-21 23:52

    It's time that the biggest drag queen on the African continent is stepping donw !

      G0ldf!nger - 2011-02-21 23:53

      Is Barry Ronge quitting?!!

      AJ - 2011-02-22 05:20

      @G0ldf!nger: Notice how you never see the 2 of them together!

  • G0ldf!nger - 2011-02-21 23:55

    If South Africa doesn't have the guts and balls to stand up to this madman, then may I suggest we take the next logical step and cut off his supply of curtains from the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg? That way he will have nothing to wear, and we all know what happened to the naked Emperor and his "new clothes".

      Bonzo - 2011-02-22 00:39

      Good one, Goldf!nger! Very amusing. Must tell Camp and Climb to stop sending him the tents, too. Gadaffi is soon to be 'Ozymandias, king of kings - colossal wreck in the desert sands'.

      Alan Cuba - 2011-02-22 06:53

      Ha ha ha, you're on a roll today G0ldf!inger

      wflouw - 2011-02-22 08:14

      I love it!

  • Bill - 2011-02-22 00:31

    What, you kidding! SA will give him political asylum! Wait and see

      Heinz - 2011-02-22 00:40

      ja, stange how the ANC has been so quiet so far? Maybe JZ's private jet is on its way right now to bring this prick right back to our shores.

      POLLENYS - 2011-02-22 01:06

      We have a track recofd of providing asylum and support to the skunks of the wordl: Mugabe,the guys from Tahiti, Cubans so Gaddafi can be next. They all share a despotic approach, allow no democracy en press freedom. Gaddafi is a percect fit, will probably get a lecture post with his own entourage and guards paid for from the bottomless Banana Republics budget.

      Hannes Perth - 2011-02-22 05:01

      Bill must be a prophet. Gadaffi will soon be united with his friends at UNISA.

  • AJ - 2011-02-22 05:20

    My advice to the Deputy Ambassador, if you get recalled to Libya now, I'd stay put in New York if I were you - a much healthier proposition.

  • Wessel - 2011-02-22 06:04

    They are arrogant, disrespectful faulty beings...sorry pity and compassion just do not seem to get going inside me..payback is a bitch ...all around the middle-east. The next BIG MAN/WOMAN will do exactly the same s..t couple years down the line!!!!

  • BigD - 2011-02-22 06:28

    every dog has his day. All the despots time is up.

  • feppie - 2011-02-22 06:42

    @ Libyan diplomatic staff in SA: Why r u so silent! Better jump or we'll help you! You can't support your leader in attacking his own unarmed people! And the mercenaries from the rest of Africa! Ghana, Niger/ wtf You should be ashamed!

  • Nico - 2011-02-22 06:58

    Maybe the ANC should be scared...............very scared. That maybe the reason for quite diplomacy. At last AFRICA is waking up.

  • stuart - 2011-02-22 07:13

    why dont the Zimbabweans make a stand against mad Bob. That will get rid of him in no time

  • WD - 2011-02-22 07:14

    Zuma, MalEmma & the rest of the African National Corruption take note!!

  • Ross - 2011-02-22 07:18

    Who is actively responsible for the massacre of innocent Libyan protesters on behalf of Gaddafi? The first person with the correct answer wins a two week holiday in Haiti.

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-02-22 07:42

    Its about time Brother Gaddafi as depicted by another moron somewhere in Southern Africa. Watch out world Leaders and Presidents, no matter how far a bird flies but one day it'll land. Thank you for your contributions especially in fighting with the colonial rule and bringing us freedom, but your chapter ends there. This is the new world, things are changing and so too are the people. Why would Gaddafi want to cling on to the power after all these years? I thought you promised to have shaded your leopard mask when you compensated the Lockerbie bombing victims, when you promised to work with America nad the rest of the world in fighting terroists. Well i guess i was wrong. Indeed Leopards dont change their spots. Bravo Libyan people and also this should be a warning to other leaders who dont want change and threaten or kill people who could have made good future leaders. Please vacate from your Palace honourably and let your name ringer in your subjects mind for all the good reasons unlike the bad ones...or else 21st Century Generation would not blink their eyes and let you loose, you'll be fired by force!

  • colin langley - 2011-02-22 07:46

    ANC very quiet on their busy up north facing some serious flak for human rights violations....It will be very interesting to see who's side they will pick when it comes to some quiet diplomacy...methinks the outcome will be predictable..they will support the mad man..,.showing their true colours to the face of the world...

      Christian - 2011-02-22 10:46

      I Totally agree on that Colin... It is so sad...

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-22 08:16

    Surprising how quiet the ANC is about their dear bedfellow. It says a lot for the judgement of our politicians. They tend to support the real scumbags of the world. As they say "birds of a feather flock together".

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-22 08:17

    Surprising how quiet the ANC is about their dear bedfellow. It says a lot for the judgement of our politicians. They tend to support the real scumbags of the world. As they say "birds of a feather flock together".

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-22 08:22

    Genocide ...this is now a clear case for the world court. Send him to the Hague immediately before the ANC shelters him.

  • ronbonjon - 2011-02-22 08:39

    OH GOD -- i think we have got a street names after this bozo!!!!!!!!! please tell me im wrong

  • Weepee - 2011-02-22 08:45

    The common thread is the ANC break bread with all the dictators who murder their people. I recall Gaddafi large as life at Zuma's inauguration.

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-22 10:32

      I remember is his bright floral dress - please put me out my misery, is there a street named after him????

  • Christian - 2011-02-22 10:45

    Suddenly I wonder where is the SA government on this? They who say that they stand for the freedom of people everywhere. Then one wonders, are they really who they say they are and what they stand for.... mmmm. think not...

  • lee.larryblue - 2011-02-23 14:39

    How mighty are falling.....

  • jillgabrielahenning - 2011-02-24 14:02

    Yes their is a street named after Gaddafi in Cape Town, We name lots of our streets named after dictators in Durban we have a Fidel Castro and a Che Guevara - lets praise the dictators

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