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Death of Muammar Gaddafi

Death of Muammar Gaddafi

Published on October 20, 2011

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic.

Paris, October 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi’s death is a milestone in the battle fought by the Libyan people for more than eight months to free themselves from the violent, dictatorial regime imposed on them for more than 40 years.

In line with the commitments made by the National Transitional Council, the liberation of Sirte must mark the start of the process agreed by the NTC to establish in Libya a democratic system where all segments of the country have their place and fundamental freedoms are guaranteed.

As she has done since the first days of the Libyan people’s uprising against oppression, France is at their side, to support them in this enterprise.

A new page is being turned for the Libyan people: that of reconciliation, unity and freedom.

Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

New Delhi, 20 October 2011

The Libyan National Transitional Council has just confirmed the death of Gaddafi, while the city of Sirte has also fallen under the NTC’s complete control.

This is an event of historic significance for Libya. It’s the end of more than 40 years of dictatorship. It’s the end of military clashes between the rebels and the regime, which stubbornly resisted to the end, with blind violence. And from this standpoint, we’re all delighted to see that Libya is free – finally free – of this tyranny that has oppressed her for so many years.

A new phase is now beginning, a phase of building a law-based state and of rebuilding the Libyan economy. Libya is a country with resources; some, moreover, have gradually been made available to the National Transitional Council, so we’re confident about the country’s future. It’s for the Libyans and them alone to decide what they now want to build together. But we’ll support those efforts.

We’re familiar with the NTC’s road map, which envisages several phases in building a new democracy. We’ll be mindful of ensuring this road map is implemented.

I’d also like to say that France is proud of having – along with others but, I think, playing a leading role in many ways – contributed to the Libyan people’s liberation and helped the Libyans rid themselves of this tyranny./.

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