Zuma: Nato abusing UN resolution on Libya

2011-06-14 16:06

Cape Town - Nato is abusing a United Nations resolution to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's forces in order to pursue regime change and political assassinations, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, who has visited Libya twice since March on behalf of the African Union (AU) to seek a solution to the civil war, said Nato had overstepped the UN resolution, passed in March and authorising the use of military force to protect civilians.

"We have spoken out against the misuse of the good intentions in Resolution 1973," he said in Parliament.

"We strongly believe that the resolution is being abused for regime change, political assassinations and foreign military occupation."

Nato defence chiefs were due to meet in Belgrade on Tuesday to discuss the mission after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates accused some European allies of failing to pull their weight in a mission he feared could run out of steam.

Zuma said events in Libya had emphasised the need for an African Peace and Security Architecture - a planned crisis-resolution body that includes a stand-by military force.

Zuma said he hoped a briefing by an AU committee on Libya to the UN Security Council on Wednesday would lead to common ground being found towards a lasting solution to the crisis.

  • Gandalf - 2011-06-14 16:12

    Anything that involves the African Union is destined for failure. All it is, is a bunch of dictators, comrades and despot leaders who look out for each other at the cost of the African People at large. If the AU took charge, Libya would become another Zimbabwe.

      Nesomaniac - 2011-06-14 16:37

      Quite right. Left to their own devices Africa would soon become Zimbabwia!

      Fikile - 2011-06-14 17:09

      You are a fool, what makes NATO any better than any other murdering dictator, they supported the "good pro west dictators" bin Allie, Saddam Hussain, Mubarak, the apartheid regime, need I go on. Don't be fooled they are only after Libyan and Iraqi oil. And they are spilling Libyan blood to get it. They have not learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      call a spade - 2011-06-14 18:26

      @ Fikile The apartheid "regime" did not have any oil and yes it makes sense for NATO to support pro west dictators like the communist ditators supported the Warscau lotb who disappeared into oblivion.

      cliffarc - 2011-06-14 18:31

      - Zuma ought to focus on the mess in his own backyard , before chirping about the rest of the world.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-14 16:14

    Nobody takes anything the african union, or Jacob Zuma seriously.

  • GTFO - 2011-06-14 16:16

    what are you going to do about it Zooooooma!!!? squat diddly squat that what...

  • willieman - 2011-06-14 16:16

    Zuma SA abused it's position by voting with the american and europe--NO FLY ZONE.You did not consult with AU and our partners in BRICS.Please Mr President your tendency of trying to please everyone is backfiring right on your face.The buck stops with you, you are the Chief in Command.Sorry Msholozi

      African'shtr - 2011-06-14 16:27

      I second you Willieman

      slg - 2011-06-14 16:34

      Our BRICS partners are now in support of the actions being taken in Libya. They were slow to understand what was happening in the Middle East, Libya in particular. Russia and China are new to the international community, having sidelined themselves in the darkness of communism.

  • McDaNife - 2011-06-14 16:17

    Come on give the guy a break, at least something decent has been said. Lets hear some positive comments rather than the negatives.

      Protest - 2011-06-14 16:32

      You are positively an idiot.

      slg - 2011-06-14 16:37

      It's not decent at all. It's delusional. He's supporting Mamar Gadhafi's tyrannical rule and opposing the principles of the ANC's Freedom Charter.

      Sandile Sokhela - 2011-06-14 16:50

      At least we still have people who can talk sense…

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 16:53

      Zuma talks sense?

      PMG - 2011-06-14 17:00

      @McDaNife - Please get real and smell the coffee,there is absolutely nothing positive that can be said for that dancing fool Zoom Zoom.

      VADERLAND - 2011-06-14 20:41

      Again the ANC is soft or even sympathetic to despot dictators like Gadaffi and Mugabe and tough on organizations like Nato squeezing these dictators by the balls. Screw this government. Thanks for ignoring these idiots Nato

  • willieman - 2011-06-14 16:21

    What african peace corps, they are busy killing their own people you must be dreaming

  • ntsiki.mdeni - 2011-06-14 16:21

    I'd rather African Union fails trying to find it's own solutions. How long can we expect the West and everybody else tell us what to do. Bloodshed is not something that wasn't expected out of this!

      Nintendo - 2011-06-14 16:26

      like trying and failing in ZIM, MADACASCAR, DRC, BURUNDI, NIGERIAN DELTA, EGYPT, SOMALIA, SWAZILAND to name a few.... you ean that kind of trial and error?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-14 16:45

      Reminds me of a fly banging against a window trying to get out, for hours on end untill it dies.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 16:58

      Brilliant Ntsiki. They have never found a solution to anything and you want them to try again? Zuma hugs Gaddaffi the same way Thabo hugged Mugabe. Pity a stray smart bomb didn't find Gaddaffi while they were holding hands in Tripoli.

      PMG - 2011-06-14 17:04

      @Nintendo - You forgot Sudan,where the north and south are currently slaughtering each other like pigs on the way to the abatour.African Union and fail in the same sentence is 100% correct.

      VADERLAND - 2011-06-14 20:53

      I would rather see the West handling this than the useless AU. The West knows how to handle people like these, like they sorted out the communist rubbish. AU bunch of backslapping impotent useless corrupt despots who would negotiate a "power sharing deal" where Gadafi still end up having most of the power. No negotiations of exit strategies please. Give Gadafi a rope to go hang himself

  • Dave - 2011-06-14 16:22

    next stop should be our sunny SA, couple of leaders here that need the same attention......

      mphozania - 2011-06-14 17:27

      @ Dave You mean democratically elected leaders? Pls clarify.

  • panafricanis - 2011-06-14 16:24

    You sold your own african brother to the colonialists now you feel guilty and realise all they wanted was oil....

      slg - 2011-06-14 16:39

      So you oppose the ANC's Freedom Charter then, that says the right to elect one's leaders in free and fair elections is a basic human right. This is what Gadhafi opposes.

      VADERLAND - 2011-06-14 21:01

      Will thank goodness Zuma has done at least one thing right in his lifetime. Trust me that the Nato countries wont take their oil, even though they should. Out of all the millions of dollars spent on this one idiot the Nato countries deserve to be compensated.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-06-14 16:25

    Why protect Gaddafi? Pity the UN can't bomb Mugabe while they are at it.

  • Daveza - 2011-06-14 16:30

    If it was up to Zuma, Gadaffi would have slaughtered the entire population and crowned himself king of Africa and Zuma would still be ' quietly negotiating '. Zuma, Mr President, this madman is wanted by the Hague - why are you defending him ?

  • RVQ - 2011-06-14 16:32

    Zuma needs to worry about his country and not his pockets! Gaddafi was in Zuma's luggage back to SA. Gaddafi is now broadcasting from the Michelangelo Hotel...

  • Jason - 2011-06-14 16:35

    And Muammar Gaddafi's has abused his position as Libyan dictator. Think Zuma is annoyed because he thought he had resolved the issue but clearly didn't.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 17:05

      Even the BBC couldn't understand what Zuma hoped to achieve.

  • XanderX - 2011-06-14 16:37

    LOL - That's it zoomer keep on poking the Americans. Lets see what they do to you once you get to the end of the rope.

      jowza - 2011-06-14 16:42

      americans love dictators.some of their best friends are

      RVQ - 2011-06-14 16:42

      According to the ANCYL we don't need the West, China is the future. Even the Aussies know that...

  • ZumaGabe - 2011-06-14 16:37

    WeeeeeLLLLLLLLLLLLL, wweeeeeeeeelllllllllll Prez 783 has something to say for a change. While you at it say something about Zumababwe and Syria as well old chap. Brother Leader is going to be bombed to hell and back and guess what ??? You and your pathetic African tin-pot dictators and the AU cant do a thing about it. You dont count in these type of things pal. Get back to some serious tender preneuring while you still can. NATO is coming !!!

      jowza - 2011-06-14 16:41

      no oil here mate.nato looking for oil

      slg - 2011-06-14 16:52

      Jowza still stubbornly looking for his brain

  • Shivermetimb - 2011-06-14 16:40

    So I guess its true South Africa has offered Gadaffi a spot in the Karoo to pitch his tent.

      jowza - 2011-06-14 16:50

      yes its true,when he heard about the frecking he changed his mind

      Shivermetimb - 2011-06-14 16:52

      Could be Jowza because with all the hot air coming from him he doesn't need methane.

  • Bill - 2011-06-14 16:45

    Unfortunately I have to for once agree with Zuma…! A resolution is a resolution and they are going way beyond and outside of it’s charter

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 17:07

      Not according to the Arab states. They're still in for it.

  • apie - 2011-06-14 16:48

    Zuma, do you know what the word abusing means when not used in a sexual contect?

      apie - 2011-06-14 16:54


  • john - 2011-06-14 16:50

    "We have spoken out against the misuse of the good intentions in Resolution 1973," he said in Parliament. Too bad you don't speak out against the crimes committed by Gaddafi, Mugabe and others. Africa's leaders: very quick to point fingers at the West, just don't ask them to point fingers at other Africans. Then again, it is the ANC, so I guess anybody that does anything at all will be characterised as "going too far". The ANC's solution to problems is to engage all stakeholders, invite input from all role players, hold an expensive conference in which everyone presents position papers, print 50 000 copies of a glossy 500 page publication covering the event... and then hope that the problem goes away by itself.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-14 17:08

      While hugging the dictators like Mbeki hugged Mugabe.

  • scud - 2011-06-14 16:55

    Yup-an "African stand-by military force"-one who loses and sells its arms when it is not on strike.

  • Kobus - 2011-06-14 17:03

    Leave the West/NATO alone. They're grownups and know what they're doing. Don't box above your weight.

  • Wow! - 2011-06-14 17:10

    Frankly all I can say to our President ZUma is F!!ck YOU.

  • Worldwise - 2011-06-14 17:10

    I notice that Zuma has not spoken about the misuse of the intentions of the South African Constitution or the ANC's Freedom Charter. Time to speak closer to home Mr Lovepants.

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-14 17:16

    It's okay to shoot protesters. We do it all the time.

  • Carlos - 2011-06-14 17:23

    Mr Zuma must stick his nose in what he was hired to do in South Africa. That's what he is paid for. What Nato is doing in Libya has to be done to rid that poor people of the old criminal. Libya's oil? Of course, let them be welcome to it! Gaddafi has for over 40 years abused and robbed the country like is the norm in Africa. Remove Mugabe, you have been propping him up long enough! Down with corrupt criminals and crime in South Africa.

  • Kobus - 2011-06-14 17:27

    The next thing you'll see is Gaddafi getting a lecturer's post at a prominent SA university. SA is, after all, in the habit of offering lengthy vacations and cushy jobs to the skunks of this world. I wonder when it's Mugabe's turn.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-14 17:33

    If you are so against violence Mr Zuma, WHF are you & your party inciting it here in SA, & what do you say when immigrants are murdered & stoned to death here, aboslutely F*** all... stop being a hypocrite, you are just supporing Gudaffi because he greases the ANC's pockets. For you, its got NOTHING to do with right & wrong, its just about your pockets.

  • Pragmatist - 2011-06-14 17:42

    He speaks the truth at last!

  • Sabathman - 2011-06-14 18:05

    ZUMA Rather keep your mouth shut and let people think you are stupid, rather than open it and let them know you are stupid!

  • radarblip - 2011-06-14 18:06

    and gadaffi isnt abusing his position of power to kill his own civilians? GO NATO!!

  • The Unknown - 2011-06-14 18:10

    Zuma, you uneducated, half illiterate idiot. Go back to herding cattle

  • ballhead - 2011-06-15 08:18

    tut, tut, tut...poor naive Zuma...I always thought he was an uneducated git, but at least he was street did he get tricked so easily by the warmongering scum of the US and Europe into supporting a resolution that clearly had only goal - to get rid of Ghaddafi? Did he not try and at least get some evidence of Ghaddafi "attacking civilians", such that NATO can now bomb the very same civilians to "protect" them? Did he not ask: Who are these "rebels" that "represent" the Libyan people (without ever having been elected)? Where did this group come from, and what do they have to gain by ousting Ghaddafi? Did he not ask why no resolutions are passed against Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, just like none were passed against Egypt during the violent suppression of protests there? Is our "president" really that naive that he believed the US and Europe has the best interest of the "camel jockeys" and "towel heads" at heart?

  • Allin - 2011-06-15 13:55

    Now, how do we get the UN to take a resolution to get rid of Zuma?

  • Mark - 2011-09-17 10:51

    Amazing how fellow terrorists stick like glue to each other. But then again its payback time for the ANC and all the souls in SA who have to fit the bill. Zuma supposrts Malema, Mugabe , Amin and Gaddafi. What a fantastic list of support that any investor in SA would be proud to be linked to.

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