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Gaddafi’s cousin: UN and NATO must apologize to Libya for the 2011 aggression

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Manish Saini
Manish works as a Journalist and writer at Revyuh.com. He has studied Political Science and graduated from Delhi University. He is a Political engineer, fascinated by politics, and traditional businesses. He is also attached to many NGO's in the country and helping poor children to get the basic education. Email: Manish (at) revyuh (dot) com

The UN Security Council and NATO must apologize to the Libyan people for the 2011 aggression, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, political head of the Libyan National Front and cousin of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

“What is happening in Libya today is the responsibility of NATO and the UN Security Council, which must present official excuses to Libyans and begin to correct their mistakes that they continue to make,” he said.

The Libyan National Front is one of the political movements made up of supporters of Muammar. Many of the activists of this Front emigrated after the events of 2011 and are in opposition to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord of Libya; One part – ex-military men – serve in the Libyan National Army under Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

According to Gaddaf al Dam, “the aggression by the Atlantic Alliance destroyed the important protection valve of the entire North African region such as Libya.”

“The UN Security Council took responsibility in 2011 for everything that happens in Libya. How did it allow the emergence of extremists and terrorists that previously did not exist in Libya or North Africa?” Asks Gaddaf al Dam.

In his opinion, “the UN Security Council is capable of putting an end to the cataclysms that hit Libya in an hour, but the West does not want a solution to the Libyan problem, it is in their best interest to keep the country in chaos.”

The UN Security Council approved in March 2011 a resolution introducing the no-fly zone, after which the international coalition under NATO command launched a military operation against Libya, which ended with the overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi regime that ruled for more than 40 years.

After the overthrow and assassination of Gaddafi, Libya ceased to function as a single state, currently, in the country, there is duality of powers:

  • the interim Government together with the Parliament in Tobruk, which controls the eastern part and has the support of the Libyan National Army (LNA),
  • the Government of National Accord endorsed by the UN, based in Tripoli, in the northwest of the country.

According to Gaddaf al Dam, the supporters of Gaddafi united in numerous movements and organizations recognize neither the concentrated political agreements after the aggression of 2011 nor the elections held during that period.

“We are the majority: one million in Egypt and another in Tunisia, but we have not participated in the elections, and being a legitimate Libyan regime that suffered foreign aggression, we want to recover our country,” said Gaddaf al Dam and at the same time affirmed that “The solution will not come from abroad, but it is in Libya.”

He also indicated that the past should be forgotten – both the period of Muammar Gaddafi’s government and the later one – and start talking about the future, creating a new state, declaring a general amnesty.

In Gaddaf al Dam’s opinion, the first thing the new government should do is bring together all the armed institutions of Libya scattered across regions of the country under the command of a Military Council.

The politician revealed that the supporters of the former Libyan leader are united in the so-called Green Resistance, which includes ten legal political groups and some clandestine military groups.

“Some of these groups call for armed struggle, but those of the National Struggle Front speak out against the use of force against Libyans and try to establish interaction with everyone, including our adversaries,” he said.

Muammar Gaddafi’s cousin demands that the Government of National Accord deliver the bodies of the former Libyan leader and his dead supporters to the relatives and allow the living supporters of Gaddafi to return from abroad.

“All Libyans thrown into prisons nine years ago must be released without delay. Deliver to relatives the bodies of the dead who were not delivered, including that of Muammar Gaddafi,” he stressed.

After the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, a veritable manhunt was launched against him and his relatives. The insurgents assassinated Muammar Gaddafi and his son Muatasem; another son, Jamis, was killed in Tripoli by bombing.

The son Saif al Islam, one of those closest to his father, was arrested and remained in prison until July 2017, while another of the offspring, Saadi, fled to Niger but was extradited to the new Libyan authorities in 2014.

The daughter Aisha, as well as the wife of Muammar Gaddafi and two other children of hers along with their descendants, managed to escape to Algeria where they received asylum.

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