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South Africa:Execution of Gaddafi creates “uneasy feeling” about Libya’s future – Zuma

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 1 ,2011

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CAPE TOWN, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — There exits “uneasy feeling” about Libya’s future following the execution of Muammar Gaddafi, South African President Jacob Zuma said here on Tuesday.

“It (the execution) has created an uneasy feeling about the situation in Libya,” the president told a business breakfast meeting in Cape Town.

Gaddafi was executed after being captured in his home town Sirte about two weeks ago.

It would have been better for Libyans if Gaddafi had been arrested and tried so that questions could be answered about how he had run the country for 41 years, Zuma said.

“In (the) world of human rights today there are courts to try those who are committing certain kinds of crime,” the president said.

“Those pursuing him were supposed to arrest him… Unfortunately he was killed.”

Zuma said he hoped Libya’s National Transitional Council would “pull the country together”.

Gaddafi had responded to the Libyan uprising in a particular way which had brought the situation on him, Zuma said.

“Even when (the) situation got graver and graver he seemed to be thinking he could still defend his system,” Zuma said.

This was the second time that Zuma voiced regret that Gaddafi was killed instead of being tried.

Zuma said soon after Gaddafi’s death that the he should not have been killed, but captured and tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Given there was a warrant of arrest against Gaddafi, those who found him should have arrested him and handed him to the ICC,” Zuma said.

The present also said his country is ready to assist post- Gaddafi Libya.

“Let us put the events around Gaddafi’s death behind us. Our concern is the attainment of peace. South Africa is ready to assist all the way.”

Xinhua.

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