AFP-Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on Wednesday accused the UN Security Council of wielding an “insatiable appetite for war” as he condemned NATO’s campaign that helped topple Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
The 88-year-old firebrand critic of the West told the UN General Assembly that NATO’s “military hegemony” in Libya showed how the alliance’s members are “inspired by the arrogant belief that they are the most powerful among us.”
The African Union’s peacemaking efforts in Libya were “defied, ignored and humiliated,” he added.
“May we urge the international community to collectively nip this dangerous and unwelcome development before it festers,” he told world leaders.
NATO launched military strikes last year after the Security Council passed two resolutions on protecting civilians from Gaddafi’s crackdown. The new Libyan government and the West have hailed the campaign but Russia, China and others say now that they were tricked into accepting the action.
The Security Council ignores attempts to peacefully end disputes, Mugabe stormed.
“In contrast there appears to be an insatiable appetite for war, embargoes, sanctions and other punitive actions,” he said.
Mugabe, whose country still faces sanctions by many countries, also said the UN’s “responsibility to protect” concept had been “seriously abused” and trespassed on the sovereignty of individual states.