Tutu: Africa must hold Gadhafi accountable

AP News
Posted: Mar 20, 2011 9:42 AM
Tutu: Africa must hold Gadhafi accountable

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu says African leaders must hold their peers like Moammar Gadhafi accountable.

The statement released Sunday by Tutu says Africa "seems powerless" to stop the Libyan leader who has ruled for more than 40 years.

U.S. and European allies are conducting the widest international military effort in Libya since the Iraq war. But an African Union panel said late Saturday it was opposed to a foreign military intervention.

Tutu says there would be no need for a military interventions in Libya if Africa's leaders had held their peers to account.

Gadhafi has long played a big role in the African Union, using Libya's oil wealth to fund its transformation. He also served as AU chairman in 2009.