Saudi Arabia, UAE Call Gadhafi’s Regime “Illegitimate”

Crisis In Libya
Agustino Fontevecchia, 03.11.11, 11:08 AM ET

Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have withdrawn any sort of support for Muammar al-Gadhafi calling his regime “illegitimate” and condoning its use of organized violence against a civilian population. The move comes as many Western nations have stepped up their rhetoric, with France officially recognizing the rebel governing-council and advanced talks of a no-fly zone in the UN Security Council and NATO. Reports that Saudi police dispersed protestors by shooting into crowds sent oil stocks on a steep jump ahead of what could be massive protests in the context of a “day of rage” in Saudi Arabia, which, for now, hasn’t been reported have seen escalating violence.

In the context of foreign ministers meetings of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman, the Saudi press agency announced they had ceased to recognize Gadhafi’s regime as the legitimate authority in Libya.

“On the situation in Libya, the Council denounced the crimes committed against civilians by using live bullets and heavy weapons and recruiting mercenaries, killing big number of innocent victims and constituting flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
The GCC Foreign Ministers confirmed the illegality of the current Libyan regime, calling for staging contacts with the transitional National Council in Libya. They called on the Arab League to shoulder responsibility to take the necessary measures to defuse rifts, achieve the aspirations of the Libyan people and take the necessary measures to do that, including calling the UN Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians,” read the release.

The situation in Libya has exploded into a full out crisis and a de facto civil war, as pro-Gadhafi forces mount and offensive in an attempt to push back the rebel army and recover the oil-rich Eastern region of the country. Using helicopters and fighter jets, Gadhafi’s forces have hit the country’s main refineries and ports, as Gadhafi desperately struggles to regain power in the “bread basket” of his country.

Having lost the support of its neighbors, Gadhafi appears increasingly isolated from the international community, which has been advocating for his resignation. With the director of US national intelligence, James Clapper, telling Congress that Gadhafi’s regime will prevail, as they are better trained and equipped than the rebel army, the situation is set to continue.


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