World Powers React to Death of Libya’s Gadhafi

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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World powers are reacting to the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

China said Friday that Libya has opened a new page and urged Libya's provisional government leaders to start the process for an “inclusive” political transition.

China is a veto-wielding U.N. Security Council member. The country abstained from a council vote in March that authorized the use of force to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi's troops. China had also been highly critical of the NATO air campaign in Libya.

On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama called Gadhafi's death a warning to authoritarian strongmen across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule “inevitably comes to an end.”

He also said the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an “inclusive, tolerant, democratic” country.

In Cairo, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said he hoped Gadhafi's death would “turn the page of tyranny.” He urged Libyans to “overcome the wounds of the past and to forgo “grudges or sentiments of revenge.”

In August, Arab countries declared “full solidarity” with Libya's National Transitional Council .

Also Thursday, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Gadhafi's death marked “a historic transition for Libya.” He called on all combatants to lay down their arms.

Italy — Libya's former colonial ruler — marked Gadhafi's death with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saying “now the war is over.”

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel each said his death was a way to move forward toward a democratic Libya.

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso issued a joint statement saying the former Libyan leader's death marked “the end to an era of despotism and repression.”