News / Africa

At UN, Nations Pledge Support to Libya's Transitional Leaders

Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil salutes upon his arrival at the Libya Contact Group meeting at the United Nations in New York, September 20, 2011.
Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil salutes upon his arrival at the Libya Contact Group meeting at the United Nations in New York, September 20, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +

President Barack Obama Tuesday pledged U.S. support for the new Libyan government and appealed to Moammar Gadhafi loyalists still fighting the transitional administration to lay down their arms and “join the new Libya.”  At the United Nations meeting on Libya's future, interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil called for reconciliation in rebuilding the country.

The 60-nation high-level “Friends of Libya” meeting amounted to a victory celebration for the interim government which won official recognition from the U.N. General Assembly less than a week ago.

But the joy was tempered somewhat by continued statements of defiance from ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters, who still control a swath of Libyan territory. The New York event included calls from President Obama and others for the holdouts to give up the fight.

Mr. Obama said the United States will stand by Libya’s National Transitional Council, the NTC, as it hopes to build a democratic state and said the NATO-led air mission will continue as long as the Libyan people are threatened. He said Mr. Gadhafi's loyalists should accept defeat.

“Those still holding out must understand: the old regime is over, and it is time to lay down your arms and join the new Libya. As this happens, the world must also support efforts to secure dangerous weapons - conventional and otherwise - and bring fighters under central, civilian control.  For without security, democracy, trade and investment cannot flourish,” Mr. Obama said.

Mr. Obama said U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz, who left the country late last year amid worsening ties with Mr. Gadhafi's government, is returning to Tripoli and that the American flag will be raised again at the war-damaged U.S. embassy in the capital.

Before the meeting, a Syrian television outlet released an audio tape in which Mr. Gadhafi, still at large, pledged to fight on.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said "time is up" for Mr. Gadhafi and his remaining supporters and warned nations against giving him refuge. “As for Gadhafi himself, he must be brought to justice under Libyan and international law. No country should consider giving a bolt-hole to this fugitive from justice, a man wanted on charges of crimes against humanity. And any country that does consider giving him sanctuary should remember there is no expiry date for the charges he faces,” Hague said.

NTC leader Jalil expressed gratitude to the United States, NATO, the Arab League and others who came to the aid of the Libyan uprising.

He said the NTC intends to govern in a spirit of reconciliation. “The Libyan authorities will bring to justice all accused of the Gadhafi regime before a just trial. And we will work for the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation over the coming period. We have already established committees for that purpose that have traveled to different parts of Libya to start a process of reconciliation that will include all the elements of the Libyan people after total liberation is realized,” Jalil said.

Jalil said migrant workers and foreigners living in Libya will be treated in accordance with international humanitarian law, though the NTC intends to “put an end” to inflows of illegal workers.

Human rights groups have complained that sub-Saharan Africans and dark-skinned Libyans have been subjected to abuse as suspected mercenaries for Mr. Gadhafi's government.

U.S. officials said human rights was among issues covered in a bilateral meeting between President Obama and Jalil in advance of the Friends of Libya meeting Tuesday.

You May Like

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

John the XXIII and John Paul II will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on April 27 More

Thailand Reacts to Plots Targeting Israelis

Authorities hope arrest of two Lebanese suspects will disrupt plot to attack young Israeli tourists More

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

'Once Upon a Forest' takes viewers deep into heart of tropical rainforest More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Churchi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
Jerome Socolovsky
April 22, 2014 4:14 PM
On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Robotic Mission Kicks Up Lunar Dust

A robotic mission to the moon was deliberately crashed onto the lunar surface late last week, but not before scientists had collected data gathered by the spacecraft which was designed to self-destruct. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports on the preliminary findings of the craft, called LADEE - an acronym for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.
Video

Video Boko Haram Claims Responsibility for Bombing in Nigerian Capital

The Nigerian militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a bombing in the capital on April 14th that killed 75 people. In the video message, Abubakar Shekau, the man who says he ordered the bombing, says nothing about the mass abduction of more than 100 teenage girls, most of whom are still missing. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Abuja.
Video

Video Ukraine Developments Hang Over Obama Trip to Asia

President Barack Obama's trip to Asia this week comes as concerns over Beijing's territorial ambitions are growing in the region. Those concerns have been compounded by Russia's recent actions in Ukraine and the possibility that Chinese strategists might be looking to Crimea as a model for its territorial disputes with its neighbors. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid