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South African president criticizes slaying of Gaddafi + Related News

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 22,2011

 UN Security Council to meet on Libya
South African president criticizes slaying of Gaddafi

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — South African president Jacob Zuma on Friday criticized the slaying of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

According to the South African Press Association (SAPA), Zuma said in Pretoria that instead of being killed, Gaddafi should have been captured and tried at the International Court of Justice.

Addressing a joint media briefing with visiting Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Zuma said: “I understand there was war in Libya. In a war situation, people die, people are captured.”

However, he said South African expected Gaddafi to be captured, given that everybody knew there was a warrant of arrest issued against him.

The South African president said it is difficult at this time to pass a clear judgment, as there have been conflicting reports on what led to the killing of Gaddafi on Oct. 20.

Equatorial Guinea’s Mbasogo, African Union (AU) chairman, said the AU led several efforts “to persuade Colonel Gaddafi to cease power peacefully, but he refused”.

Zuma undertook two trips to Libya in 2011, on behalf of a high- level AU ad hoc committee, to try to help find a solution in Libya.

UN Security Council to meet on Libya

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) — The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet late on Friday to discuss the latest development in Libya, the UN Spokesperson’s Office told reporters here.

The council meeting is expected to take place after the UN General Assembly elected the five new council members as the non- permanent members of the UN body.

The 193-member General Assembly went into extra round to pick between Azerbaijan and Slovenia to fill a seat for the Eastern Europe on the Security Council. Earlier on Friday, Pakistan, Morocco, Togo and Guatemala were elected to serve two-years terms on the Security Council, beginning Jan. 1.

The Security Council’s meeting on Libya came after the nation’s ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed on Thursday.

The Security Council also meets on the current situation in Libya after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday that the military alliance’s Libya mission is very close to completion, and it has taken a preliminary decision to end it on Oct. 31.

In March 2011, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and called for “all necessary measures,” excluding troops on the ground, to protect civilians under threat of attack in the North African country.

Laaska News.