Wien, 21. October 2011 Press release

Spindelegger on the death of Muammar Gaddafi

Vienna, 20 October 2011 – “With the death of Muammar Gaddafi, more than 42 years of dictatorship have come to an end. Although it is never appropriate to feel pleasure about the death of a person, what prevails is a feeling of relief, for now the bloodshed has finally come to an end. Libya’s liberation is thus irrevocable, and the door to a better future is wide open,” stated Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger in a first response to the news of Muammar Gaddafi’s death, which has just been confirmed by Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman of the Executive Board of Libya’s National Transitional Council.

“The Libyan people have fought for their freedom with great sacrifices, for which they deserve recognition. I myself was in Tripoli last week and therefore have a good idea of the feeling of liberation throughout the country. I hope that the National Transitional Council will succeed in swiftly uniting the Libyan people and pursuing a course of reconciliation rather than retaliation, as promised by the Chairman of the Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil,” Spindelegger went on. “If national reconciliation is successful, Libya has the best prerequisites for a successful future, as it has talented, well-qualified people and rich natural resources. The new Libya may count on the support of Austria, the EU and the international community of states in building democratic structures and institutions as well as a civil society.”

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