Secretary Clinton: "U.S. Will Stand With the Libyan People"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 26, 2011
Man Places Old Libyan Flag on House Roof in Tripoli

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement on the situation in Libya. Secretary Clinton addressed her conversation with the Chair of the Transitional National Council, Mustafa Mohammed Abdul Jalil, and the release of of $1.5 billion in Libyan assets that had been frozen in the United States. The Secretary said:

"The events in Libya this week have heartened the world. The situation remains fluid, but it is clear that the Qadhafi era is coming to an end, opening the way for a new era in Libya -- one of liberty, justice, and peace.

"We join the Libyan people in celebrating the courageous individuals who have stood up to a tyrant and defended their homes and communities against Qadhafi's violence.

"The United States and the international community have stood by the Libyan people during many difficult days in the last six months. Together, we prevented a massacre, and we supported the people's efforts to gain their freedom. We will continue to support them as they take on the regime elements that still pose a threat to Libya's future -- and as they address their humanitarian needs and rebuild their nation. The Libyan people made this revolution and they will lead the way forward, but they deserve our help. Libya's future is not guaranteed. Considerable work lies ahead.

"The coming days and weeks will be critical. The United States and its partners are moving quickly and decisively on several fronts.

"Earlier this week, I spoke by phone with the Chair of the Transitional National Council, Mustafa Mohammed Abdul Jalil, to express our support for the TNC's efforts and to discuss next steps. I also hosted a conference call of foreign ministers of many of the member nations of Libya Contact Group, to coordinate our efforts -- humanitarian, financial, diplomatic, and otherwise -- on behalf of the Libyan people. Today, the Libya Contact Group held a meeting in Istanbul to demonstrate our continued commitment to Libya and to focus on the urgent financial needs of the TNC. The Contact Group called for an expedited process to lift sanctions on Libyan assets. The United States supports this call.

"Today, we have secured the release of $1.5 billion in Libyan assets that had been frozen in the United States. This money will go toward meeting the needs of the people of Libya. We urge other nations to take similar measures. Many are already doing so.

"As funds are released, we look to the Transitional National Council to fulfill its international responsibilities and the commitments it has made to build a tolerant, unified democratic state -- one that protects the universal human rights of all its citizens. It is critical that the TNC engage swiftly with communities and leaders across Libya to ensure order, provide critical basic services to the people, and pave the way for a full democratic transition. Libya's future will be peaceful only if the leaders and people of Libya reach out to each other in a spirit of peace. There can be no place in the new Libya for revenge attacks and reprisals.

"The TNC also has obligations to the international community. We will look to them to ensure that Libya fulfills its treaty responsibilities, that it ensures that its weapons stockpiles do not threaten its neighbors or fall into the wrong hands, and that it takes a firm stand against violent extremism. At the same time, we call on Qadhafi, his family, and his supporters to bring an end to their continuing violence for the sake of the Libyan people and Libya's future.

"From the beginning, the United States has played a central role in marshalling the international response to the crisis in Libya. Together with our partners, we have saved thousands of lives and helped confront a ruthless, erratic dictator who was poised to slaughter his own people in order to hold on to power. The United States will stand with the Libyan people and our international partners in the weeks and months ahead, to help as Libyans write the next chapter of their history."

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C
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Croatia
August 26, 2011

C. in Croatia writes:

International role of Muamer Gadafi in Organization of African Unity and elsewhere [Not-Alligned Movement etc] is imposible to substitute. It is really pity to abandon old guard of politicians. Their colour is known.

S. K.
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France
August 26, 2011

Khaled in France writes:

NATO War Crimes: Depleted Uranium Found in Libya by Scientists

"http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25510"

F.S.
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Australia
August 26, 2011

F.S. in Australia writes:

At last the tyrant has fallen, regards from Australia

Lyle
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United Kingdom
August 26, 2011

Lyle in the United Kingdom writes:

I hope this war will end. I can't afford to see more people die. I hope the Libyan president will step down and let the people decide, this is too much!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 26, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Khaled in France,

I checked out your url that you posted and I noticed a few things.

A) The claims made come from scientists working for Ghaddafi so called-"testing" done at his facilities.

b) The website is not objective in any sense of the word nor does the article offer a shred of physical proof.

c) photos of demolished structures don't prove who demolished them or how, in fact looks like a tank round went through a wall in one.

d) People often make things up to try and prove some political point they have their own agenda to "prove" and they don't care whether that has anything to do with the truth or not, and I have a high degree of confidence that the "proof" you claim of "war crimes" is a figment of your's or someone else's imagination.

e) I have a friend who took some DU shrapnel in the leg back in 91 during the first gulf war (friendly fire incident) , never removed due to its position ( do more harm to him to remove the sliver surgicly than to leave it ) and while he will set off airport metal screening detectors he has no health problems due to anything associated with that shrapnel other than a slight limp.

F) you do know why it is called "depleted" don't you? Uranium is a naturally occuring element and like other metals can be used in steel alloys to harden them. Doesn't mean its any more radioactive than the concrete slab your home is probably built on...have you had it tested for radon lately?

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Hope this helps you gain some perspective on things bro...don't believe everything you think.

Best,

EJ

social37
August 26, 2011

W.W. writes:

Finally we are at the point I kept on writing for months :

It s our duty now to respect democratic transition of the country by guaranteeing fair political democratic right and coverage for Green Flaggers

Thank you

Math
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Brazil
August 26, 2011

Mathews in Brazil writes:

I Love It

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
August 29, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@WW,

Try grasping the concept of "de-Ghadaffication", as there's still some brainwashed fools that need an attitude adjustment before an all inclusive Libya can become reality.

I was reading the BBC's live blog coverage today and a CNN reporter tweeted that he'd talked with a young rebel who....(get this),...would be happy to go home and see his mom and get rid of his gun when the fighting was done.

Now maybe you remember the feb, post I put to John in Greece as a "reposting" where I was writing about how to create a "no fly zone" before it became reality and whether the mothers of the Libyan airforce pilots would be accepted back home by their mothers after bombing the people...

Well I bet you the Ghaddafi's green flag wavers and pilots won't, but the kid the CNN guy talked to will be, as her hero no doubt.

I'll put 20 bucks on it.

@Mathews in Brazil,

Gotta love it. (chuckle) We are a nation of nation builders on a lot of levels trying to inspire others to be.

Best,

EJ

DonaldM
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Virginia, USA
August 29, 2011

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

*************FLASH**************

8 28 11

In the hunt for Col. Ghadaffi, the best location is with Mr. Hugo Chavez in Venzuala, the two pilots that left Lybia, knowing that Ghadaffi was a pilot, makes you wonder if he didn't pull a fast one right under the Nato strikes. He could of just as easily flown right under the radar of our forces. The two pilots need to be interviwed for the exact location of Ghadaffi. When you look at Ghadaffi friends, like Mr. Chavez, Mr. Louis Fharahkhan in Chicago, Il, and that small island where those pilots landed. You can put the cross hairs on Ghadaffis location. It would also be wise to look at 90 south east of the capitol city. Most of your countries have a secondary offense and defense about that range and bearing to the major cities in the Arab world.

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