South African president calls for cease-fire in Libya

11:03, March 22, 2011      

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South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya and cautioned United Nations (UN) members to stick to the terms of the no-fly resolution.

Addressing a Human Rights Day rally in Cape Town, Zuma said every member nation of the United Nations has an obligation to implement in letter and in spirit the terms of Resolution 1973.

However, according to the Times newspaper in Johannesburg, Zuma said the call for a no-fly zone over Libya was "just that".

"We call for an immediate cease-fire in Libya and an end to attacks on civilians. The UN Security Council Resolution should be implemented in letter and spirit by all members of the UN Security Counc."

The South African president said operations aimed at enforcing the no-fly zone and protecting Libyan civilians should be limited to just that. They should not harm or endanger the civilians whom Resolution 1973 sought to protect.

"As South Africa we say no to the killing of civilians, no to the regime change doctrine and no to the foreign occupation of Libya or any other sovereign state," he said.

Zuma said all civilians should be protected.

Earlier on Monday the Youth League of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANCYL) queried the South African vote in favour of the UN resolution.

In a statement to the South African Press Association (SAPA), the ANCYL accused the West of trying to install a puppet government and take control of Libya's oil.

Source: Xinhua
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