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Mon 7 Mar 2011 10:18 PM

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UAE calls for UN to act to protect Libyan people

Foreign Minister appeals to the UN Security Council to help those caught up in uprising

UAE calls for UN to act to protect Libyan people
The UAE has called for intervention in Libya, as fighting continues

The UAE has called for the UN Security Council to act to protect the Libyan people, as fighting continues between rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"We appeal to the international community, especially the (UN) Security Council, to meet their historical responsibilities to protect this dear people," UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan told a meeting of Gulf Arab foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE and Turkey said on Friday they would work together to send humanitarian aid to Libya, where hundreds of people have been killed in the uprising against Gaddafi.

Abdulrahman al-Attiyah, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council - which groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - said the killing of Libyans was a crime against humanity.

"Massacres committed by the regime against their own citizens are crime against humanity that require condemnation, especially the regime's use of mercenary and heavy weapons," Atiya told the GCC foreign ministers' meeting.

"The protection and safeguarding of the Libyan people citizens is an absolute priority at this critical stage."

But Atiya warned against foreign intervention.

"Rejecting all kinds of foreign intervention in Libya and asserting the full commitment towards maintaining the national unity of the Libyan people and the sovereignty, unity and safety of its lands [is a priority]," he said.

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Jan 9 years ago

I know that the crisis in Libya is a very sensitive issue when discussing the role of the UN and it's intervention. Mr Atiya, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council has warned against foreign intervention but at the same time called for it "To meet their historical responsibilities". How can the UN do anything that will not cause further unrest? Why do the GCC and the Arab League not step up and resolve the issue that is in its 'backyard' either through dialogue or via military means and stop any 'Western' power stepping foot on Libyan soil but do so soon before it is too late and a catastrophe happens. It is sure that if it continues the West will step in if nothing is done soon!