African Union Rejects Gadhafi’s Warrant
The African Union called on members to disregard the warrant for Muammar Gadhafi’s arrest that was issued by the International Criminal Court. According to the AU’s chairman, Jean Ping, the court was “discriminatory and focused on crimes committed in Africa but ignored those committed by Western powers including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.”
On Friday, Gadhafi said that he would attack European “homes, offices, families” unless NATO stopped their attacks in Libya. According the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gadhafi should stop threatening Europeans and resign instead. “Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power,” Clinton said.
U.S. State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said,”This is an individual who is obviously capable of carrying out these kinds of threats. It’s what makes him so dangerous. But we continue to carry out the NATO mission, while at the same time increasing pressure on him to step aside.”
UPDATE: Libya’s opposition movement said that rebel leaders have given Muammar Gadhafi the option to remain in Libya if he gives up his power. Gadhafi has yet to respond to the offer.