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LIBYA: Nation's U.N. ambassadors call for Moammar Kadafi to resign

February 21, 2011 | 12:16 pm


Libya's ambassadors at the United Nations called for longtime leader Moammar Kadafi to step down Monday.

Click here for an interactive map showing protests in the Arab world Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the Associated Press that if Kadafi  does not relinquish power, "the Libyan people will get rid of him."

Dabbashi urged the international community to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent mercenaries, weapons and other supplies from reaching Kadafi and his security forces, according to the Associated Press.

The diplomat said the Libyan delegation is also urging the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity committed against the Libyan people during the current protests.

Meanwhile, the EU Council of Foreign Ministers issued a statement Monday condemning government violence in Libya.

"The council condemns the ongoing repression against demonstrators in Libya and deplores the violence and death of civilians," the statement said. "The council calls for an immediate end to the use of force against protesters and for all parties to show restraint.  Freedom of expression and the right to assemble peacefully are human rights and fundamental freedoms of every human being which must be respected and protected."

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: A protester outside the Libyan Embassy in Attard, Malta, holds a placard during a demonstration supporting the revolt in Libya. Several diplomats left the embassy to join the protest. Credit: Ben Borg / AFP/Getty Images