Exiled Libyan crown prince calls for no-fly zone

El Senussi calls on UN to act on debated no-fly zone as Gaddafi continues air strikes on rebels
Libyan rebel fighters stand ready with anti-aircraft weapons at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf
By Joanne Bladd
Wed 16 Mar 2011 07:26 PM

Libya’s
exiled Crown Prince Mohammed El Senussi Wednesday called upon the United
Nations Security Council to support a no fly zone over his homeland.

The UN and
members of the Arab League have both been debating the possibility of the
no-fly zone since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi began bombing protesters in
the country’s capitol city of Tripoli several weeks ago, raising international
concern.

The
48-year-old is the son of Hassan El Senussi, former Crown Prince of
Libya. 

Gaddafi
overthrew his great-uncle King Idris and his father, the Crown Prince, in a
coup in September 1969, leading to the royal family’s house arrest, attacks on
the home and their  eventual emigration
to the U.K. in 1988.

On
18 June 1992, Mohammed was appointed as heir by his father to succeed him in
death as Crown Prince and Head of the Royal House of Libya according to the
constitution of Libya.

This
statement is issued by Prince Mohammed El Senussi in a personal capacity

In a letter
to UN secretary general Ban-ki Moon and members of the security group of
nations, comprised of both heads of government and foreign secretaries, El
Senussi implored urgent intervention “to put an end to the killings being
undertaken by the murderous regime of Colonel Gaddafi.”

He praised
British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman for tabling a draft UN resolution to impose
a no fly zone in Libya.

He also
slammed the governments of the US, China, Russia, India and Germany for being
“dispassionate and uncaring towards innocent men, women and children being
slaughtered indiscriminately by the Tripoli tyrant, Gaddafi.” 
    

The letter
went on to say: “Nobody knows the scale of the human tragedy in Libya but
estimates suggest up to 10,000 people may have been killed and several tens of
thousands injured in the past few weeks.”

El Senussi
is said to be in constant communication with countrymen across Libya and with
the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, the country’s second largest
city, recently overtaken by anti-Gaddafi rebels.

He has
written to the UN in the capacity of acting on the rebels’ behalf, in order to
“help good overcome evil and help the Libyan people in their quest for peace.”

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