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    NATO Military Action Abused, Says South African President

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    While leading a United Nations Security Council meeting, South Africa's President complained the Security Council "completely ignored" an African Union plan on Libya. He also said the resolution that allowed NATO military action in Libya was "largely abused."

    South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is criticizing the United Nations Security Council for its resolution allowing NATO to bomb Libya.

    [Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa]:
    "It is the view of the AU that the 1973 resolution of the United Nations Security Council was largely abused in some specific respects."

    While leading a Security Council meeting about ways to improve cooperation between the UN and the African Union (AU) on Thursday, Zuma complained that the UN ignored the African Union plan for resolving the Libyan conflict.

    [Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa]:
    "The AU's plan was completely ignored in favor of bombing Libya by NATO forces. The consequences of actions that were carried out in Libya in the name of the United Nations Security Council have spilled over into other countries in the region."

    United States' Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice stressed the need for greater cooperation, but added that the final decisions on international security issues are made by the Security Council.

    [Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.]:
    "Under the charter, the Security Council has a unique, universal and primary mandate to maintain international peace and security. The Security Council is not subordinate to other bodies nor to the schedules or capacities of regional or sub-regional groups."

    During the meeting, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon attempted to assuage tensions by saying there was "more room for improvement."