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World calls for peaceful transition in Libya

08-23-2011 10:16 BJT Special Report:Libyan Rebels Control Tripoli |

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As Libyan rebels tighten their grip on Tripoli, world leaders have called for a peaceful transition. Many leaders have said negotiations are off the table for Gaddafi, insisting that he must face the International Criminal Court. CCTV correspondent Tom Fearon tells us what the international community is saying.

US President, Barack Obama, delivered a speech following rebels' seizure of Tripoli. He urges the rebels to build a democratic government through "peaceful, inclusive and just" measures. He also says that people who have fought for peace deserve a better day.

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Libya from his vacation on Martha's
Vineyard in Massachusetts [image | reuters]

NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, says the Gaddafi regime is crumbling, and calls for embattled leader to end his battle soon and avoid further bloodshed and suffering of the Libyan people.

He said, "Now is the time for all threats against civilians to stop, as the United Nations Security Council demanded. Now is the time to create a new Libya: a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few."

In Italy, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini says Gaddafi should surrender to avoid a possible bloodbath in the Libyan capital.

Frattini adds that "time has run out" for negotiations over a possible exile for Gaddafi and he must face trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Britain urges the Libyan National Transitional Council to maintain order and not pursue reprisals after rebel fighters swept into the heart of Tripoli. It also called again on Gaddafi to step down.

France calls on forces loyal to Gaddafi to lay down their arms and tells the rebel leadership it will continue to support the National Transitional Council.

The European Union urges Gaddafi to leave without further delay. It also urges the rebels to act responsibly and protect civilians.

South Africa says it is not assisting Gaddafi flee his country and says it supports the right of Libyans to decide their own future.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, S. African Int’l Relations Minister, said, "Colonel Gaddafi had said to the AU (African Union) that he is prepared to step aside at that time, that the future of Libya must be decided by Libyans, including his own future, so we've never envisaged him being part of any negotiations whatsoever. That he has said to the AU leadership."

As for the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, he condemns the NATO bombings on Tripoli, saying they were practically demolishing the Libyan Capital. Chavez also calls for the world to follow the path of peace.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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