EU urges Libyan leadership to seek path of reconciliation

EU urges Libyan leadership to seek path of reconciliation
# 20 October 2011 18:43 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU) on Thursday urged Libya’s new leadership to unite to build the country’s future, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"It is important that its leadership unites to build a democratic future for the country in full respect for human rights," said Ashton’s statement following the report of Gaddafi’s death.

"While the crimes of the past must be addressed, the leadership must also seek a path of national reconciliation," she said.

Ashton said the fall of Sirte marked "the end of Gaddafi era", and the Libyan people could look to the future.

She said if the reports of Gaddafi’s death confirmed, "his death brings closure to a tragic period in the lives of so many Libyans".

Ashton said the EU has provided substantial humanitarian assistance and supported civil society in Libya, was working with international partners to respond to Libya’s post-conflict needs, and would remain a strong and committed partner in the Libya’s future.
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