Gaddafi accused of using Viagra as weapon of war

Susan Rice, the US envoy to the UN, said that Gaddafi has been issuing Viagra tablets to soldiers.

New York: Amid growing division
among the international community over the military campaign
in Libya, the US has accused the Libyan regime of distributing
Viagra to soldiers to carry out rapes as a weapon of war.

Susan Rice, the US envoy to the UN, reportedly told
other Security Council members that Gaddafi has been issuing
Viagra tablets to soldiers fighting the rebels.

Rice accused Gaddafi’s forces of "issuing Viagra to
his soldiers so they go out and rape",according to the Turtle
Bay blog on the UN.

However, diplomats responded that there was no proof
of the allegation.

Fred Abrahams, a special advisor to Human Rights
Watch, told Turtle Bay that there had been instances of
gender-based rape but it was not systematic and the Viagra
allegations could not be confirmed yet.

"On Viagra and condom distribution we have nothing so
far," he said. "It`s not to dismiss it, but we do not have the
evidence."

In March, Al Jazeera chanel reported that several
doctors had found Viagra tablets and condoms in the pocket of
dead Gaddafi fighters, which indicated rape was being used as
a weapon of war.

In March, the Security Council passed resolution 1973
authorizing use of force against Gaddafi.

At the time, India, China, Russia and Brazil abstained
on the vote. Now, the US, Britain and France are facing
criticism over the prolonged civil war amid fears that the
civil war was "moving towards stalemate".

On Wednesday, the Security Council held a closed door
meeting on Libya.

Even as western nations, particularly France and the
UK, have underlined the need to do more to force Gaddafi to
quit, the conflict has brought out the growing division among
the international community.

Russia and China have been critical of the targeting
of the Libyan regime by NATO air strikes, describing them as
being outside the mandate of UNSC resolution 1973 that
authorised the `no fly` zone in Libya to protect the
civilians.

PTI

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