Last Updated: Tue Feb 22, 2011 16:19 pm (KSA) 13:19 pm (GMT)

Worldwide Libyan diplomats call for Gaddafi downfall

Still image from a video footage shows Libya's leader Gaddafi gesturing to his supporters (File)
Still image from a video footage shows Libya's leader Gaddafi gesturing to his supporters (File)

Libyan diplomats worldwide condemned the bloody massacres taking place against peaceful protesters in their homeland and called for the overthrow of "the tyrant Muammar Gaddafi".

Gaddafi was waging a bloody battle to hang on to power as the revolt against his 41-year rule reached the capital, Tripoli.

Libya's ambassador to India, who resigned following a crackdown on protests, said on Tuesday that African mercenaries were being used by the authorities, prompting some army troops to switch sides to the opposition.

"They are from Africa, and speak French and other languages," Ali al-Essawi said in an interview with Reuters, adding that he was receiving information from sources within the OPEC-member country.

"Switching to back protesters"

 We strongly condemn the barbaric, criminal massacre and the total elimination of our innocent civilians 
Libyan embassy in Malaysia

"They (army troops switching to back the protests) are Libyans and they cannot see foreigners killing Libyans so they moved beside the people," Essawi said.

Libya's ambassador to India told Reuters he had resigned due to the unprecedented violence against the Libyan people.

A diplomat working in Libya's embassy in Morocco has resigned to protest the "daily extermination of the (Libyan) people," he told AFP on Tuesday.

"I announce to you that I no longer represent this regime. It is a regime that is carrying out a daily extermination of the people," said Azeddine Louaj, who works in the press service of the embassy in Rabat.

The Libyan embassy in Malaysia, meanwhile, sided with people denouncing strongman Gaddafi after a crackdown that has killed hundreds of people taking part in anti-government protests in Libya.

An embassy statement was issued as the Libyan ambassador to India said he had resigned and called on the U.N. Security Council to help protect his people.

"We strongly condemn the barbaric, criminal massacre and the total elimination of our innocent civilians," the embassy in Malaysia said after it was briefly occupied by around 200 protesters.

The protesters smashed a portrait of Gaddafi and hauled down the country's flag to replace it with what they said was a pre-Gaddafi flag. There were no clashes during the occupation and no arrests and the protesters left the embassy grounds peacefully.

"We can no longer express how angry we are. The Libyan people have already said 'no' and they reply with bloodshed," said Marwa Mastor, one of the protesters in Kuala Lumpur.

Osama Ahmed, a counselor at the embassy, told Reuters that the ambassador here would remain in place to help around 5,000 Libyans living in Malaysia.

"The tyrant Moammar Gaddafi"

 The tyrant Muammar Gaddafi has asserted clearly, through his sons the level of ignorance he and his children have, and how much he despises Libya and the Libyan people 
Libyan U.N. mission\\\\\\\'s Arabic language statement

Diplomats at Libya's mission to the United Nations sided late Monday with the revolt against their country's leader and called on the Libyan army to help overthrow "the tyrant Muammar Gaddafi."

In a statement issued as protests erupted across Libya, the mission's deputy chief and other staff said they were serving the Libyan people, demanded "the removal of the regime immediately" and urged other Libyan embassies to follow suit.

Diplomats said the U.N. Security Council at the request of the Libyan deputy ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, would hold a closed-door meeting on Tuesday at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT) to discuss the crisis.

The Libyan mission statement released in New York said hundreds had died in the first five days of the uprising.

The statement was issued by Dabbashi and other staff. Dabbashi told Reuters he did not know the whereabouts of Ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham, a former Libyan foreign minister, but believed he was not in New York. Shalgham was not associated with the statement, Dabbashi said.

Spokesman Dia al-Hotmani said that at a meeting on Monday at the mission's New York offices, staff "expressed our sense of concern about the genocide going on in Libya."

"We are not seeing any reaction from the international community," he added.

"The tyrant Muammar Gaddafi has asserted clearly, through his sons the level of ignorance he and his children have, and how much he despises Libya and the Libyan people," the mission's Arabic language statement said.

It condemned Gaddafi's use of "African mercenaries" to try to put down the rebellion and said it expected "an unprecedented massacre in Tripoli."

"Cut the snake's head"

 I think it is a one-man show. It is a kind of end of the game, and he (Gaddafi) is trying to kill as much as he can from the Libyan people and try to destroy as much as he can from the Libyan country 
Ibrahim Dabbashi

Libya's ambassador to the United States who previously withdrew his support for Gaddafi and stopped short of resigning, decided later to officially resign on Tuesday.

The statement by the Libyan mission to the United Nations called on "the officers and soldiers of the Libyan army wherever they are and whatever their rank is ... to organize themselves and move towards Tripoli and cut the snake's head."

It appealed to the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan cities to prevent mercenaries and weapons being shipped in.

It also urged guards at Libya's oil installations to protect them from any sabotage "by the coward tyrant," and urged countries to prevent Gaddafi from fleeing there and to be on the lookout for any money smuggling.

Asked if the Libyan government had reacted to the statement, Dabbashi told reporters, "I don't care that much about the reaction of the government, I think practically there is no government."

"I think it is a one-man show. It is a kind of end of the game, and he (Gaddafi) is trying to kill as much as he can from the Libyan people and try to destroy as much as he can from the Libyan country."

Dabbashi and his colleagues called on The Hague-based International Criminal Court to start an immediate inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity they said Gaddafi and his sons and followers had committed.

They called on employees of Libyan embassies all over the world to "stand with their people," especially the mission at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, which they said should seek action by the U.N. Human Rights Council there.

Gaddafi visited the United Nations in September 2009, delivering a rambling address of more than 90 minutes to the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders.

Libyan ambassadors in France and Tunisia also officially resigned on Tuesday in protest against the crimes on the Libyan people.

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