After arrest warrant, Kadhafi must go: France

27th June 2011, Comments 1 comment

France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Monday the decision of the International Criminal Court to seek the arrest of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi showed that he must stand down quickly.

Earlier, judges at the tribunal based in The Hague, agreed to issue an arrest warrant for the flamboyant strongman, in response to a request from prosecutors who had earlier indicted him on war crimes charges.

Juppe, whose government has been at the forefront of the NATO-led military campaign against Kadhafi, said the warrant "confirms that today the question is not whether Kadhafi should leave power, but when he will leave power."

"With our coalition partners, the African Union and the Arab countries we are seeking a political solution to bring about a ceasefire and an end to the military intervention," he told reporters in his hometown of Bordeaux.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has charged Kadhafi, 69, his son Seif al-Islam, 39, and the head of Libyan intelligence, Abdullah al-Senussi, 62, with crimes stemming from their attempts to quash a four-month-old revolt.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Petecambell posted:

    on 28th June 2011, 15:03:42 - Reply

    Arrest warrants? That's what they need "cooperation" on? Is that what the "international community" should be doing?

    What we should be doing is pressing for a resolution ... a "NO MORE WARS FOR MONEY" resolution. That’s the bill they should pass right now. This bill should imply that the warring nations … this is the nations that are bombing the country should not in any way get involved in any kind of direct or indirect financial transactions with the victim country. That’s what we should fight for now.

    Starting from Tibby itself ... this resolution should be implemented. Show us your honesty ... show us that you are only about "protecting" people ... prove your intentions to be fair. For the next 50 years ... no major "business" transactions between Tibby and the countries that are bombing it.

    The most heinous and atrocious crimes that we are witnessing right now is ... bombing of cities being used as a tool for financial gain. And these crimes need to be stopped.

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