Thursday, September 24, 2009

Libyan Leader Thrashes All and Sundry in U.N. Debut

By Thalif Deen

"UNITED NATIONS, Sep 23 (IPS) - Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, in his maiden visit to the United Nations Wednesday, made a highly predictable speech - long on rhetoric and short on substance.

In a rambling statement before the General Assembly, the loquacious Qaddafi thrashed the big powers for their veto powers, rebuked the United States for its military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and reiterated his call for a permanent seat for the 53-member African Union (AU) in the Security Council......."

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