Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gaddafi calls on UN to protect Sirte from rebels

Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday received a copy of the latest message sent by ousted Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in which he called on the UN to stop the “terrorism and aggression being practiced by NATO against Sirte.” He added that “this aggression is indescribable and unprecedented in the history of warfare.”

In his message to the UN Secretary-General, Gaddafi also said that “although Sirte is isolated from the world and is the scene of [NATO] atrocities, the world should not be isolated from it” adding that “the world has a duty not to be absent; the world must bear its international responsibility and intervene immediately to stop these crimes.”

Asharq Al-Awsat received this message via e-mail from Gaddafi official spokesman Mousa Ibrahim. A similar message was also read out on Gaddafi’s behalf on Syria-based Al-Rai TV, although it was not apparent that this message was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The ousted Libyan leader referred to himself as “Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of the Al-Fateh Revolution of September” in the message, but did not reveal his current whereabouts, or where he wrote, or indeed sent, this message from.

Gaddafi also stressed that “we cannot surrender Libya to colonialism again…the Libyan people have no option but to fight until they score victory and defeat colonialism.” more