World hails Kadhafi death as end of despotism, tyranny21 october 2011, 15:44
Kadhafi was fatally wounded as new regime forces launched a final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown of Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said.
As Libyans fired automatic weapons into the air and danced for joy, world leaders hailed the death of former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Thursday as the end of an era of despotism and tyranny, and held out hope for a better future for the north African nation.
U.S. President Barack Obama:
US President Barack Obama. ©AFP
"This is a momentous day in the history of Libya, the dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted."
"I think what this shows is that on a whole range of international issues there is enormous capacity and we are able to leverage greater resources, more effectiveness, at lower cost, when we are able to work together."
"I am very proud of the work that we did this operation. Most importantly I am proud of what the Libyan people achieved. We have now given them the opportunity to determine their own destiny."
"Across the Arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their dignity will not succeed."
"For the region, today's events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end."
British Prime Minister David Cameron:
British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement on the capture of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. ©AFP
"I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Kadhafi's victims, from those who died in connection with the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex."
"We should also remember the many many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime."
"People in Libya have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future."
"I'm proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who have helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them, and that is what I want to say today."
British Foreign Secretary William Hague:
"We are just seeing these images and of course at the moment we don't know about the exact circumstances of his death."
"We would have liked him to face justice for his crimes in a court, in an international or Libyan court, and we don't approve of extrajudicial killing."
"But we are not going to mourn him. There are so many thousands who have died in this conflict, and the end of the battle in Sirte and the death of Kadhafi does mark that big opportunity now for the Libyans to move on."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy:
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. ©AFP
It was "a major step forward in the battle fought for more than eight months by the Libyan people to liberate themselves from the dictatorial and violent regime imposed on them for more than 40 years."
"A new page is turning for the Libyan people, one of reconciliation in unity and freedom."
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen:
"After 42 years, Colonel Kadhafi's rule of fear has finally come to an end."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ©AFP
"They assassinated him. It is another outrage. We shall remember Kadhafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr."
Egypt "hopes the Libyan people will open a new chapter and rebuild their country after the death of Colonel Moamer Kadhafi."
It is "ready to support the Libyan people in reconstructing their country."
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki:
Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. ©Reuters
"We congratulate our Libyan brothers and the (National) Transitional Council on the occasion of getting rid of the tyrant Kadhafi, who ran Libya for four decades filled with oppression."
"The similarity of the fate of tyrants in Iraq and Libya and elsewhere is proof of the potential of the people to defeat dictators, however long they have been in power. They (the people of Libya) can take control and create their present and their future."
"We hope that the end of Kadhafi represents a new stage of stability and prosperity and democracy in Libya, and we call for the Libyan people on this occasion to maintain unity and social cohesion to reconstruct a new Libya."
UN chief Ban Ki-moon:
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. ©AFP
"Clearly this day marks an historic transition for Libya. In the coming days we will witness scenes of celebration as well as grief for those who lost so much."
"Let us recognize immediately that this is only the end of the beginning. The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges. Now is the time for all Libyans to come together."
"All Libyans must be able to recognize themselves in the nation’s government and leadership. The high hopes sustained through the long days of revolution and conflict must translate into opportunities and justice for all."
"The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges. Now is the time for all Libyans to come together."
Former Italian colonial ruler, Prime-Minister Silvio Berlusconi:
"Now the war is over."
"Sic transit gloria mundi (thus passes the glory of the world)."
The Vatican's Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone:
Pope Benedict XVI, sits next to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (R) and Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. ©Reuters
"Now that the NTC is effectively installed as government in Tripoli, the Holy See considers it the legitimate representative of the Libyan people."
"We have to work for the Libyan people and so that everybody will cooperate towards the reconstruction."
"We have to pray for peace in the country and democracy."
Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
"We would like to say again that we hope that the Libyan people and National Transitional Council will secure peace and concordance in the country. As a chair of the Foreign Minister's Council of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, we are ready to take all the efforts to aid in the soonest stabilization of the situation and the country's return to the road of stable social-political and social-economic development.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ©AFP
"The way is now finally free for a political new beginning, in peace. Germany is relieved and very happy about that."
"Libya must now quickly take further resolute steps towards democracy and make the achievments so far of the Arab Spring irreversible."
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
"We hope that a new era is starting for Libya. We stand by the new Libya on the path to a better, more peaceful and more democratic future."
Bulgarian nurses imprisoned in Libya for eight years over an HIV scandal:
"The news made me very happy. It's a punishment. A dog like him deserved to die like a dog."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers questions during a press conference on the reports of the killing of former Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi. ©AFP
"The death of Colonel Kadhafi has brought to a close a very unfortunate chapter in Libya's history but it also marks the start of a new era for the Libyan people."
"I want to underscore the commitment of the United States to supporting the Libyan people as a friend and partner as they embark on this new democratic path."
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast:
"The inevitable fate of all dictators and oppressors who do not respect the rights of their people is destruction."
"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes this great victory and congratulates the Muslim Libyan people and the National Transitional Council."
"There is no longer any pretext for foreign military intervention in Libya and it is vital that foreign forces withdraw immediately to allow the Libyan people to determine its own future."
China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu:
"We hope Libya will be able to start an inclusive political transition process as soon as possible to safeguard ethnic and national unity and achieve social stability."
National Transitional Council (NTC) spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga:
"It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate."
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard:
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ©AFP
"Australia recognises today as a day of relief in Libya as the long war of liberation comes to an end."
"Throughout the Libya crisis, Australia has been clear in supporting the universal aspiration for human dignity and for individuals to determine how they are governed. These are aspirations that can be suppressed, but they cannot be denied."
"I wondered if he even fully understood fully what was going on around him. And I was very, very glad that we had disarmed him of his most dangerous weapons of mass destruction. There in his bunker, making his last stand, I have no doubt he would have used them."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
"With the shadow of Kadhafi now lifted from their land, it is our hope that the Libyan people will find peace and reconciliation after this dark period in the life of their nation, and we look forward to working with them."
"Kadhafi's days are over. Never again will he be in a position to support terrorism or to turn guns on his own citizens. The Libyan people can finally turn the page on 42 years of vicious oppression and continue their journey toward a better future."
Libyan ambassador to Britain Mahmud Nacua:
"Today, Libya's future begins. Kadhafi's black era has come to an end forever."
"The Libyan people are looking forward to a very promising future where they can finally start building their free, democratic and just state for which they have fought for about eight months now. Our people have paid a high price, about 40,000 martyrs have given their souls and their lives for the freedom of their country."
"The next step (is), we look forward to building a new Libya as a state of law."
A Libyan man holds his new flag during celebrations in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on October 20, 2011. ©AFP
"Today is a day of great happiness for all the Arab and Muslim countries. Kadhafi was a dictator and an evil man, who destroyed this country."
Libyan women celebrate in the streets of Tripoli following news of Moamer Kahdafi's capture and death on October 20, 2011. ©AFP
"I am 50 years old, so I have known Kadhafi since I was small. He gave us nothing. No schools. No healthcare. He stole all out money and our oil. We hope, God willing, that he will go to hell."
Libyans take pictures with their mobile phones of the body of Mutassem Kadhafi, son of strongman Moamer Kadhafi. ©AFP
"I feel so happy I cannot describe it. Finally we can believe in ourselves. Now we have to throw away our guns and build a new country."