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Brazil hopes violence in Libya to end soon

10-21-2011 08:42 BJT Special Report:Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi dies |

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said on Thursday that following the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Brazilian government hopes that the violence in Libya will end soon.

"Brazil hopes for the violence in Libya to stop, for the military operations to cease, and for the Libyan people to be able to follow its aspirations and wishes in a spirit of dialogue and national reconstruction," Patriota told local reporters accompanying President Dilma Rousseff and Patriota on a trip to Angola.

Rousseff, meanwhile, said that it is not possible to celebrate the death of any leader and called for Libya to adopt a democratic leadership.

"Libya is undergoing a process of democratic transition, but that does not mean we will celebrate the death of anyone. It's the democratic transition that should be supported and encouraged. We want countries to be able to live in peace, with democracy," she said.

Rousseff's comments followed earlier reports of celebrations at the Libyan embassy in Brazil where the confirmation of Gaddafi's death was celebrated "with fireworks and music" by embassy workers who publicly have supported the transition government in Libya, the official news agency Agencia Brasil said.

"It is a time for celebration," said the current head of the embassy, consul general Mohammed Ninfat, who has been in charge of Libya's embassy in Brazil since the ambassador Salem Al Ezubide left his position in protest over a month ago.

On the last day of a 4-day trip to Africa, Rousseff, however, said that she had not received any official confirmation of the death of Gaddafi and only saw images presented to her by aids. Rousseff also offered Brazilian help to Libya in the reconstruction process.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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