February 25, 2011 / 2:28 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Diplomats, officials desert Libya's Gaddafi

Feb 25 (Reuters) - Several Libyan diplomats and politicians have resigned their posts or voiced their opposition to the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in their country. Here are some more details:

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* ARAB LEAGUE: The Libyan delegation to the Arab League in Cairo on Friday abandoned Gaddafi, condemning “the heinous crimes against unarmed citizens”.

AUSTRALIA: Omran Zwed, the Libyan mission’s cultural counsellor, speaking in front of the embassy, told a small band of emotionally charged Libyan protesters: “We represent the Libyan people and no longer the Libyan regime.”

AUSTRIA: The Libyan embassy in Austria, in an unsigned statement on Wednesday, “confirms that it represents the Libyan people and wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The embassy condemns the use of excessive violence against peaceful demonstrators and calls on the global community to adhere to its obligation to protect the civilian population and put into place concrete measures to avoid further victims.”

It was not clear if ambassador Ahmed Menesi had resigned.

BANGLADESH: Ahmed A.H. Elimam, Libya’s ambassador in Dhaka has resigned, Bangladeshi media reports said, quoting Foreign Ministry officials.

CHINA: A senior Libyan diplomat in Beijing, Hussein Sadiq al Musrati, resigned during an interview with al Jazeera and later called on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down and leave the country.

EGYPT: Staff at the Libyan consulate in the Egyptian city of Alexandria lowered the Libyan flag and joined protesters nearby urging those inside to renounce their allegiance to Gaddafi. “Resign and join the honourable diplomats who have turned against the killer Gaddafi or else the Libyan youth will break into the consulate and stage a sit-in,” a protester shouted.

FRANCE: Tripoli’s ambassador to France, Mohamed Salaheddine Zarem, and its ambassador to UNESCO, Abdoulsalam El Qallali, resigned on Friday in response to the revolt against Gaddafi, a Libyan official said.

— Both had offered a statement on Tuesday saying: “We announce to the people of Libya, the Arab world and the international community our support for the people in its revolt against the machine of oppression and aggression”.

INDIA: The entire staff of Libya’s embassy in New Delhi renounced ties with Gaddafi’s government on Friday, al Jazeera reported. “We at the Libyan embassy represent the Libyan people and do not represent the former regime. We’re fully aligned to the people’s revolution,” a statement from the embassy was quoted as saying.

— Ali al-Essawi, Libya’s ambassador to India resigned his post last weekend in protest at the violent crackdown.

INDONESIA: Salaheddin El Bishari, Libya’s ambassador in Indonesia, resigned on Feb. 22, media reports said Wednesday.

JORDAN: Mohammed Al-Barghathi, Libya’s ambassador to Jordan said on Thursday he left his post and called for the overthrow of Gaddafi.

LIBYA: * — In Libya, prosecutor-general Abdul-Rahman al-Abbar became the latest senior official to resign and told al Arabiya television he was joining the opposition.

— Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younes al Abidi has resigned in protest and Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil resigned on Monday over “the excessive use of violence against protesters”, Libya’s privately owned Quryna newspaper reported.

— Youssef Sawani, a senior aide to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader, resigned. “I resigned from the Gaddafi Foundation last Sunday to express dismay against violence,” he said in a text message sent to Reuters.

— On Monday, Nuri al-Mismari — who has been at Gaddafi’s side for almost 40 years although he left Libya in late 2010 to undergo heart surgery in France — resigned from his post as chief of state protocol in Libya. Al-Mismari was detained in France in November 2010 at the request of Libya, which wants to try him for embezzlement, but he said he had not been removed from his post and has remained in contact with the Gaddafi administration.

PERU: Peru said it suspended diplomatic relations with Libya “for as long as violence against the population continues”. “Peru emphatically protests the repression unleashed by the dictator Muammar Gaddafi against a population that demands democratic reforms to change a government that has been led by the same person for 40 years,” President Alan Garcia said in a statement.

— Libya does not have an embassy in the Andean nation but Peru has a diplomatic representative in Tripoli.

MALAYSIA: Libya’s embassy in Malaysia called Gaddafi’s crackdown on protesters “barbaric and criminal” after the mission in Kuala Lumpur was briefly occupied by around 200 protesters. Protesters smashed a portrait of Gaddafi and hauled down the country’s flag to replace it with what they said was a pre-Gaddafi flag. Osama Ahmed, a counsellor at the embassy, told Reuters that the ambassador would remain in place to help around 5,000 Libyans living in Malaysia.

UNITED NATIONS: Libyan Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi and most other diplomats at Libya’s U.N. mission announced on Monday they were no longer working for the Gaddafi government and represented the country’s people. They called for Gaddafi’s overthrow. But Libyan U.N. Ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham, who did not sign onto the anti-Gaddafi statement said he still supported Gaddafi. Shalgham told reporters he had appealed to Libyan officials to end the violence against demonstrators, but that “I am with Gaddafi”.

* — Adel Shaltut, a diplomat at Libya’s delegation to the U.N. in Geneva, said on Friday that his entire delegation now represented the “free will” of the Libyan people.

UNITED STATES: Libya’s ambassador to the United States called on Washington to speak up strongly in defence of the Libyan people, saying it is time to get rid of Gaddafi’s government. Ambassador Ali Aujali told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he no longer represents his country’s government and called on Gaddafi to step aside to avoid further bloodshed.


-- Two Libyan Air Force fighter pilots defected on Monday and flew their jets to Malta where they told authorities they had been ordered to bomb protesters, Maltese government officials said. They said the two pilots, both colonels, took off from a base near Tripoli. One of them has requested political asylum. (Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit;) For an interactive factbox on protests in the Middle East and Africa, click on link.reuters.com/puk87r

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