June 15, 2011
The president of South Africa lashed out Tuesday at NATO’s enforcement of the U.N. resolution authorizing the organization to act to protect innocent civilians threatened by Libya’s civil war.
“We strongly believe that the resolution is being abused for regime change, political assassinations and foreign military occupation,” said Jacob Zuma at a budget vote debate before the National Assembly in Cape Town.
“These actions undermine the efforts of the African Union in finding solutions to the problems facing its member states,” he said in an appeal that called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and called further for reform of the U.N. Security Council.
When the council adopted the resolution in March, it was backed by the Arab League and supported by African countries in the council. But Zuma said NATO’s actions have exceeded the authority that the resolution granted.