South African alliance partner condemns West over Libya

09:33, March 23, 2011      

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on Tuesday accused the West of abusing the United Nations (UN) resolution to gain access to Libya's oil resources.

In a statement carried by the South African Press Association (SAPA), COSATU Secretary Bongani Masuku said the union federation opposed the involvement of Western powers' military action.

He also said COSATU supported the struggle for democracy in Libya.

The COSATU official said the March 18 UN Security Council resolution 1973 fitted into a well-designed scheme by the big powers that was deliberately set to ensure military occupation and regional reconfiguration of the area.

This was aimed at further asserting "imperialist domination and neo-liberal economic orthodoxy in the interest of profiteering at all costs for their giant oil companies."

COSATU described this as helicopter democracy, which disempowers the masses in whose name the struggle for democracy is waged and renders them spectators as foreign powers arrogate themselves the role of liberators.

Masuku cited Iraq and Afghanistan as examples of the "helicopter democracy."

COSATU said the UN's honesty in dealing with conflict situations was in doubt, especially as it had failed to pass similar resolutions in relation to Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain.

On March 21 South African President Jacob Zuma warned the West against abusing the UN resolution on Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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