UNSC to meet on Libya crackdown

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors later on Tuesday to discuss the current situation in Libya, according to diplomatic sources.

The meeting was requested by members of the Libyan UN Mission, who disowned Muammar Qadhafi’s regime and called for the 15-member body to take action to stop bloodshed in the country.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told reporters here he no longer takes order from the Libyan leader and called on the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court to conduct an investigation into the current situation in the North African country.

Earlier on Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “had an extensive discussion with Qadhafi and called on him to engage in broad-based dialogue to address legitimate concerns of the population,” said a statement issued here by his spokesman, Martin Nesirky. Unrest shook Libya in recent days with unconfirmed press reports of mass human casualties.

The secretary-general called for an immediate end to the violence in Libya given the report that the Libyan government used war planes and helicopters against demonstrators, according to the statement from Ban’s spokesman.

“The Secretary-General is outraged at press reports that the Libyan authorities have been firing at demonstrators from war planes and helicopters,” the statement said. If such attacks against civilians were confirmed, it would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and would be condemned by the Secretary-General in the strongest terms, it said.

Almost all Libyan diplomats at the United Nations backed deputy ambassador Dabbashi’s pleas to Gadhafi to end his 40-year rule and to the international community to intervene.

As diplomatic support for Gadhafi began to crumble, Dabbashi, the deputy UN ambassador, warned that if he doesn’t leave, “the Libyan people will get rid of him.”

He also said he and the UN diplomats were not resigning because they served the people of Libya and not the regime. “This is in fact a declaration of war against the Libyan people,” he told reporters, surrounded by a dozen Libyan diplomats.

The regime of Gadhafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people. Libya’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Shalgham was not present at Dabbashi’s press conference.