SA votes to lift Libya no-fly zone

2011-10-28 14:53

South Africa and the other 14 UN Security Council members have voted to lift the no-fly zone over Libya.

“Resolution 2016 effectively ends Nato’s role as from one minute before midnight on October 31,” the international relations department said.

This came after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed on October 20 while in hiding following an uprising over his 42-year rule.

South Africa’s ambassador to the United Nations, Baso Sangqu, said South Africa would have preferred Gaddafi to be captured and given the opportunity to stand trial to answer for his actions.

“South Africa hopes that these latest developments will lead to a cessation of hostilities and the restoration of peace,” said Sangqu.

South Africa believed lasting and sustainable peace was only possible through an all-inclusive political process, culminating in Libya’s first democratic elections.

This would be in accordance with the “roadmap” announced by the National Transitional Council, Libya’s interim government established by anti-Gaddafi forces.

“We urge the transitional council to begin in earnest the process of building national unity and reconciliation as well as the disarmament of all combatants and their reintegration into society,” said Sangqu.

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