Monday, August 22, 2011

Libyan Rebels Reach Tripoli Pres. Obama calls on Gadhafi to give up fight - CSPAN


Source: CSPAN

Libyan rebels took control of the capital city Tripoli, the last stronghold of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, but it is unknown where Gadhafi is located. The rebels, the Libyan National Transitional Council, have claimed victory as they have arrested two of Gadhafi's sons from the Libyan leader's compound. But media reports say fighting continues in Tripoli and in a short audio broadcast on Libyan state television, Gadhafi called for his regime forces to keep fighting.

President Obama, who is vacationing on Martha's Vineyard, is receiving regular briefings on the status. "Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant," Obama said in a statement Sunday. "(Gadhafi) needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all."

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a peaceful transition and promised UN assistance for the Libyan people. “It is crucial now for the conflict to end with no further loss of life and retribution,” Ban told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York City.

Mr. Ban said he has plans to contact President Obama and members of the Security Council later today. He has also been in close consultation with the rebels' interim administration, the National Transitional Council, and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The UN head also signaled his plans to hold several critical meetings this week between the top officials of regional and international organizations.

Updated: 13 min. ago


The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 22, 2011
Statement of President Barack Obama on Libya

Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.

The surest way for the bloodshed to end is simple: Moammar Qadhafi and his regime need to recognize that their rule has come to an end. Qadhafi needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all. Meanwhile, the United States has recognized the Transitional National Council as the legitimate governing authority in Libya. At this pivotal and historic time, the TNC should continue to demonstrate the leadership that is necessary to steer the country through a transition by respecting the rights of the people of Libya, avoiding civilian casualties, protecting the institutions of the Libyan state, and pursuing a transition to democracy that is just and inclusive for all of the people of Libya. A season of conflict must lead to one of peace.

The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people. Going forward, the United States will continue to stay in close coordination with the TNC. We will continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected. And we will continue to work with our allies and partners in the international community to protect the people of Libya, and to support a peaceful transition to democracy.


Source: The White House

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