In his first address to the United Nations, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday accused major powers on the Security Council of betraying the principles of the U.N. charter. "The preamble says all nations are equal whether they are small or big," Gaddafi said.
After reading from a copy of the U.N. charter, Gaddafi condemned the veto power held by five permanent of the council, at one point referring to it as the "terror council." Speaking through an interpreter, he said: "The veto is against the charter, we do not accept it and we do not acknowledge it."
Libya has a temporary council seat and will be on the 15-nation panel until the end of this year. "Veto power should be annulled," Gaddafi said.
"The Security Council did not provide us with security but with terror and sanctions," he added.
Later, the Libyan leader dropped his paperback copy of the charter on the podium several times before tossing it over his shoulder.
Gaddafi spoke for 1 hour and 35 minutes. A number of delegates left the hall and at one point the Libyan leader complained about the tired appearance of the audience. "Please can I have your attention," he said. "All of you are tired, having jet lag. ... You are tired. All of you are asleep."
Gaddafi, who spoke just after U.S. President Barack Obama, said the fact that "65 wars" have broken out since the U.N. was established more than 60 years ago proved its founding principles had been betrayed. "The election of Obama is the beginning of change," he said. Other U.S. presidents, he stated, had terrorizing his region.