NEWS IN BRIEF: President Jacob Zuma is to talk with ministers about the conflict in Libya during his official two-day visit to Norway, which began today.
Gaddafi’s many supporters in Africa express their discontent of the situation. Zuma has taken the view that Libya is currently in a state of transitional government until any elections can take place. Zuma has also criticised NATO bombing of Libya several times, believing that the original goal of protecting civilians has changed to removing Gaddafi’s regime.
The South African President had a key role in the “roadmap for Libya” a peace plan with the African union. Elling Tjønneland, a senior researcher for at the Christian Michelsen Institute, said to Aftenposten, “The outside world has had major expectations South Africa could play a proactive role as a stabiliser, mediator and peace-builder in various conflicts. Nevertheless, the South Africans are criticised for being passive and exerting little pressure on the parties.”
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