As violence continues to escalate in Libya, with protesters revolting against the government and the government allegedly using "aviation assets" to fire on them, the NY Times reports, "Members of Libya’s mission to the United Nations publicly repudiated Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Monday, calling him a genocidal war criminal responsible for mass shootings of demonstrators protesting against his four decades in power. They called upon him to resign."
At a press conference today, deputy permanent representative, Ibrahim Dabbashi, said, "We are sure that what is going on now in Libya is crimes against humanity and crimes of war... We find it is impossible to stay silent and we have to transfer the voice of the Libyan people to the world... We state clearly that the Libyan mission is a mission for the Libyan people. It is not for the regime. The regime of Qaddafi has already started the genocide against the Libyan people." The press conference was held at the Libyan mission on the East Side, which the Times says has a "large portrait of Colonel Qaddafi in tribal dress atop a white horse" Dabbashi's colleagues looked "tense and nervous."