Qaddafi Arrest Warrants Issued – Who’s Unhappy?
July 7, 2011
By Aaron Eitan Meyer
On June 27th, 2011, international arrest warrants were issued by the International Criminal Court for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and two of his top henchmen, approximately four months after the UN Security Council unanimously decided “to refer the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya since 15 February 2011 to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court” in Resolution 1970. For those keeping track, this was supported by the newly renamed Organization of Islamic Cooperation (nee Organization of the Islamic Conference, commonly referred to as the OIC), whose Secretary General “underlined the role played by the OIC in resolving the Libyan conflict, the latest of them being the dispatch of a political delegation to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.”
In fact, Resolution 1970 specifically welcomed “the condemnation by the Arab League, the African Union, and the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference…” In other words, the Security Council chose to act only after Libya’s regional power base – which had primarily been the Arab and Islamic international organizations – deserted the Gaddafi regime. Only then could ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo declare that “there will be no impunity in Libya.” Only then could NATO pursue a no-fly zone without risking a regional backlash.