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S Africa says `no to regime change` in Libya: Zuma

Last Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 21:43

Cape Town: President Jacob Zuma on Monday
said that South Africa does not support "the regime change
doctrine" in Libya, and called for restraint from foreign
countries enforcing a no-fly zone.

"As South Africa we say no to the killing of
civilians, no to the regime change doctrine and no to the
foreign occupation of Libya," said Zuma, one of five heads of
state on a high-level African Union panel on Libya.

Zuma voiced support for the resolution by the UN
Security Council imposing a no-fly zone over Libya -- which
South Africa, a non-permanent member of the council, voted for
-- but said it should be implemented "in letter and spirit".

"Operations aimed at enforcing the no-fly zone and
protecting civilians should be limited to just that," he said.

"They should not harm or endanger the civilians
that Resolution 1973 sought to protect."

Zuma, who was speaking in Cape Town at celebrations
to mark South Africa`s Human Rights Day holiday, said the
country also supported an African Union resolution rejecting
foreign military action in Libya.

"South Africa recommits itself to the position of
the AU Peace and Security Council of 10 March, which
reaffirmed Africa`s strong commitment to the respect of the
unity and territorial integrity of Libya, and underscored
Africa`s rejection of any foreign military intervention,
whatever its form," he said.

"We believe that a peaceful and political solution,
based on the will of the Libyan people, will guarantee
long-term stability in Libya."

Zuma cancelled a trip to Mauritania to meet with
the rest of the AU`s high-level panel on Libya on Saturday,
sending a delegation led by his state security minister to
represent him.

The panel called yesterday for an "immediate stop"
to all foreign attacks after Western nations launched a series
of strikes aimed at crippling Libya`s air defences and
preventing Colonel Moamer Kadhafi`s forces from attacking
civilians in a month-old uprising against his rule.


First Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 21:43
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