Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi has opposed the induction of ‘big powers’ into the UN Security Council, saying such a move would further tilt the balance of power.
In his first speech to the General Assembly, he said opening the doors of the UNSC for ‘big powers’ would “add more poverty, more injustice, more tension at the world level“.
“There would be high competition between Italy, Germany, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Japan, Argentina, Brazil...,” Col. Qaddafi said during his more than one-and-a-half-hour long address.
Stressing that there must be equality among member states, he noted that since India and Pakistan were both nuclear powers, if India had a seat then Pakistan would want one as well.
“We reject having more seats,” said the Libyan leader since it would give “rise to more superpowers, crush the small people.”
Col. Qaddafi, who is also the President of the African Union, was described as “King of Kings” as he took the podium.
Donned in long brown robes and a black hat, he read from hand-written notes and regularly referred to an assortment of papers.