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Monday, August 22, 2011

Libya: AD welcomes ousting of Gaddafi regime

Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party salutes the birth of a post-Gaddafi Libya.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: “The dramatic developments in Libya in the past hours are beyond description. The celebration of freedom of common Libyan people in the streets of Tripoli is a true symbol of what making history is all about. The Libyan opposition, with the aid of the international community has finally got rid of the brutal Gaddafi regime. We augur that other brutal dictatorships are done away with”.

Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD spokesperson on EU and International Affairs, stated: "We salute and congratulate the people of Libya who are managing to get rid of a ruthless tyrant. It is now imperative that the transitional government ensures that there are not reprisals or vindictive actions by the winning faction. The new Libya should be built on the concept of respect of basic human rights as well as the rights of all minorities. The rule of law is to be the guiding light of the new Libya".

Prof. Cassola continued: "The fall of the Libyan regime is also a lesson for those Maltese political forces which were subservient and apologetic to the Gaddafi regime over the past forty years. It is about time that they denounce the financial and political support obtained from Gaddafi".

Robert Callus, AD spokesperson for Citizenship and Migration said: "It is also imperative that the EU assists the democratic process as well as pressure the new leaders to ratify the Geneva Convention for Refugees like all other democratic countries have done, as well as allowing the UNHCR operate once again in Libya. While the West couldn't dictate what type of democracy the new Libya will have, it is imperative that that the most fundamental human rights are respected."

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