'Gaddafi's UN speech radical, detailed'
The Libyan media on Thursday hailed leader Muammer Gaddafi's epic 95-minute speech at the United Nations as radical, detailed and in-depth.world Updated: Sep 24, 2009 20:37 IST
The Libyan media on Thursday hailed leader Muammer Gaddafi's epic 95-minute speech at the United Nations as radical, detailed and in-depth.
The speech, which has been ridiculed elsewhere as rambling and eccentric - at one point Gaddafi demanded to know who killed president John Kennedy in 1963 - was widely praised by the Libyan domestic media.
On Wednesday night, Gaddafi spoke for nearly 100 minutes - way beyond the allotted time of 15 minutes per speaker - and attacked several UN programmes and demanded reform that would give the General Assembly sole authority.
The Libyan official news agency JANA said that through the speech, Gaddafi presented "radical solutions that can shake the structure of the UN".
The Alshames newspaper said that Gaddafi had presented a "detailed in-depth analysis of the United Nation".
"He amazed people... and gave a 100-minute of final and decisive solutions for problems that started since the first world war," wrote the paper.
During his speech, Gaddafi repeatedly singled out the UN Security Council and veto-wielding permanent members, calling that body a "terror council".
When he first arrived at the UN building in New York, Gaddafi scribbled the phrase "we are here" on his seat.
"Today, the voice of Gaddafi is heard all over the world... Today, his thoughts shook the old building of the United Nations and blow up the old minds of a world that lives in the shadows of WWII's outcomes," said the editorial of the daily al-Jamahiriya newspaper.
The editorial said: "For the first time, people throughout the world can breath after leader Muammer Gaddafi's speech in the UN."
Gaddafi said he spoke on behalf of the African Union because Libya currently holds the chairmanship of the organisation. His appearance drew protesters outside the building.