Status on the position of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation with regard to President Muammar Gaddafi after he rejected the African Union solutions and the solution to the conflict between President Muammar Gaddafi and the NATO Forces

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 2054 (NW2303E)

PUBVLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21-2011 OF 5 AUGUST 2011

MR LS NGONYAMA (COPE-NA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION OF THE RESPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA:

  1. What is her department’s position with regard to President Muammar Gaddafi after he rejected the African Union solutions presented to him by President Jacob Zuma;

  2. What steps is her department taking to avoid a long drawn out conflict between President Muammar Gaddafi and the NATO forces?

REPLY:

  1. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has accepted the African Union Roadmap presented to him by the African Union ad hoc High Level Committee on Libya.

  2. The Department, Deputy Ministers, Minister and President have consistently spoken out against NATO’s violation of the mandate of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 in seeking regime change and the resultant loss of civilian lives as it continues its bombing campaign of Tripoli. The NATO issue has been raised by the President with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron as well as during a meeting with Russian President Demitry Medvedev which was also attended by the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. South Africa will continue to raise this issue in an attempt to prevent further loss of civilian lives and in seeking the adoption and implementation of the African Union Roadmap in   by all parties involved in the Libyan conflict.

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