The African Union supports Gaddafi

The African Union Peace and Security Council has resolved to stand by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in his clampdown on armed rebels in his country. As we know, the measure of support for the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, had appeared while the African Union was developing this meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the organization, with the main objective of discuss the situation in Ivory Coast and Libya.

Although there were some vague statements about “deep concern” of the AU on the situation in Libya and a condemnation of “disproportionate use of force”, Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said that the AU is committed to respect the unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

In its total support for the Gaddafi’s regime and contrary to the wishes of the rebel government in Benghazi, the African Union rejects any form of foreign military intervention.” This can only be interpreted as a rejection of the AU to a no-fly zone in Libya.

The debate on Libya, where the situation has become dire since civilians got their hands on guns, occupied the PSC into the early hours of yesterday morning. Libyan leader Gaddafi was not present, but sent a delegation that made what diplomatic sources called “a lacklustre presentation” to the PSC. They emphasized that this was the opportune time to induce the Libyan strongman to institute political and policy reforms to allow greater freedom of expression in that country.

Since the election of Teodoro Obiang Nguema as the president of the African Union, many analysts distrust on the effectiveness and reliability of the organization. Since 1979, Obiang is the president of Equatorial Guinea and is considered one of the worst dictators in the world. It is believed that the new president of the AU will coordinate a campaign by the African Union against foreign intervention in Libya, and in particular the establishment of an air exclusion zone.

Anyway, the UN position is very different from the AU. The UN Security Council it is currently divided over a possible no-fly zone over Libya, which would imply a limited military intervention. High Commissioner for UN Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said that the killing of thousands of people in Libya forced the world to act vigorously with the main objective of ending with the brutal repression of demonstrators in the North African country.

Lebanese problem perceptions also vary by country. France and Britain have promoted a limited military intervention, while most Western countries are more skeptical of this initiative. Russia and China, with veto powers in the Security Council of the UN, have also rejected the military intervention, but they will support this decision in the case of the emergence of a strong desire for an exclusion zone air in Libya by the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union.


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