Abdel Rahman Shalgham
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|Abdel Rahman Shalgham|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya|
|Preceded by||Umar Mustafa al-Muntasir|
|Succeeded by||Moussa Koussa|
Shalgham was replaced as Foreign Minister by Moussa Koussa on 4 March 2009 and was instead appointed as Libya's representative at the United Nations Security Council, where Libya had a non-permanent seat until 31 December 2009. He remains Libya's ambassador to the UN as of early 2011.
Libyan civil war
After the outbreak of the Libyan civil war in February 2011, Shalgram initially sided with Muammar Gaddafi, with whom he had been friends for many years. He continued to side with the Gaddafi regime as late as 22 February. On that day, he confirmed that civilians had not been the target of bombing (contrary to initial reports), but demanded that the violence stop. "If one Libyan has been killed - not ten or 20 - but one," Shalgram said at a press conference held that day, "this is a crime."
On 25 February, however, Shalgham denounced the Libyan regime in an emotional speech before the United Nations Security Council. Most of the UN's Libyan delegation had abandoned Gaddafi four days earlier. Shalgham initially "could not believe" Gaddafi was firing on his own people, but could no longer support his government after Gaddafi publicly called for the protests to be put down by force. Partly due to his lobbying, the Security Council passed Resolution 1970, which imposed harsh sanctions against Libya and referred the situation to the International Criminal Court. Shalgham applauded the resolution, saying it would "help put an end to this fascist regime, which is still in existence in Tripoli."
On 5 March 2011, Shalgam was appointed emissary to the UN by the National Transitional Council. Earlier that day, the Libyan government had notified the UN of its desire to replace Shalgam as the Libyan representative, appointing Ali Treki as its new envoy in his place.
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