March 30, 2011
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa is urging President Jacob Zuma to call for an urgent meeting on the UN SC to review Resolution 9173 on Libya.
In an open letter to Zuma, he said it was crystal clear to everybody by now that the decision to support the council’s resolution unwittingly gave support to a military intervention by the West in Libya.
“The allied forces, which seem to be the military wing of the Security Council, are brazenly and openly using lethal weapons in their quest to protect the so-called civilians.
“However, recent reports show that the same civilians are the biggest casualties in this war, which goes against the main thrust of the UN Security Council’s resolution,” Holomisa wrote.
It was also strange that, although the allied forces did not have forces on the ground, it would appear they “have adopted the rebel forces and are giving them aerial cover in fighting the Libyan forces”.
It was strange that the international community treated the bullets coming from the barrels of the rebel forces differently from the Libyan forces’, as these were portrayed as the only ones causing harm and injury to innocent civilians.
“It is clear that the rebel forces have an unfair advantage over the Libyan forces due to their support from the western forces.
“As one of the countries that was tasked by the African Union to resolve the Libyan crisis, this whole saga is very embarrassing because it gave the West permission to use military intervention against the African Union’s resolution and our country’s long-held foreign policy position on African conflict and African problems in general,” he said.
“In view of the fact that there is no other avenue left to pursue the African Union’s resolution, we urge you to call for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to review Resolution 1973, which has been hijacked by the West to achieve their own nefarious objectives.”
Holomisa said such a move would help Zuma to repeat what he had articulated as South Africa’s position during Human Rights Day commemorations held in Cape Town recently.
Recently, there had been meetings between the leaders of the West, representing the allied forces, “vociferously calling for a regime change in Libya, and their actions on the ground seem to be intended to achieve exactly this purpose”, something which was never mentioned in the Security Council’s resolution.
“Finally, as we witness the bias of the allied forces — by giving aerial cover to the rebel forces on the ground in an effort to kill Libyan forces, and in the process kill innocent civilians — would it not be proper to call for the International Criminal Court to lay charges against the leadership of the allied forces and Libyan government leadership collectively? It’s just a thought!” Holomisa wrote.