Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Zuma disappointed over Gaddafi arrest warrant

By Khanyisa Tabata
28 June 2011

President Jacob Zuma has expressed his disappointment with the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Zuma says the decision is unfortunate in the light of the progress made by the African Union ad-hoc committee on Libya. Over the weekend, African leaders said Gaddafi had agreed to stay out of peace negotiations in a bid to end Libya's political crisis.

Despite Zuma’s assurances of progress, fears of a fully-fledged civil war are growing.

The Democratic Alliance has, meanwhile, welcomed the ICC warrants of arrest for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and the country’s head of intelligence, Abdullah al-Sanussi.

DA spokesperson Stevens Mokgalapa calls on the African Union and the South African government to support the ICC’s decision, particularly as South Africa’s Constitution recognises the validity of international law.

Mokgalapa says South Africa cannot allow the dire humanitarian situation in Libya to deteriorate any further. Those responsible for the atrocities must be held to account.

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