Zim Foreign Minister Blasts UN Over Gaddafi Killing

Mumbengegwi said the killing of Gaddafi by the western sponsored National Transitional Council (NTC), was no cause for celebration.

“…The past nine months have demonstrated how a few countries with their air force in the air and their special forces on the ground can easily treat the Security Council and its resolutions with utter contempt and render that important organ of the UN totally impotent. This is no cause for celebration. Yet leaders of the western world are celebrating,” Mbengegwi told delegates attending the UN’s 66th celebrations in Harare on Tuesday evening.

He called for an urgent reform of the UN Security Council to make it more democratic and accountable to 194 member countries that constitute the UN General Assembly. He also said the UN General Assembly needed to be strengthened so that under given circumstances it could override the Security Council.

“It does not make sense that only 9 countries out of the 194 can take a decision that leads to the kind of carnage and destruction that we have witnessed in Libya over the past 9 months. What is Libya’s crime? It is that God gave it Oil?”

“Remember Iraq. What has happened in Libya must stand as an example to all members of the UN that …resolutions should never be loosely worded to allow a group of greedy countries to destroy a member state for their selfish ends,” he added.

On Friday Zanu (PF) political commissar and the country’s Information Minister Webster Shamu condemned the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi by the country’s transitional authorities saying the country was not going to accept the move to be a legitimate way of solving political disputes.

“Muammar Gaddafi was on last Thursday killed in crossfire between his loyalists and fighters from the country’s transitional authorities. In August the Zimbabwean government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry headed by Mumbengegwi expelled the Libyan ambassador, Taher El Magrahi to Zimbabwe after he defected to the National Transitional Council.

The Zanu (PF) side of government accused the Libyan envoy of hoisting the North African state’s new flag before forcing him to later pull down the NTC’s flag.

Gaddafi was President Robert Mugabe’s close ally.

But the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s fall from grace is a lesson to African dictators who continue to cling to power against the wishes of their people.