World leaders call on Moammar Qadhafi to end fighting

President Barack Obama:

“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.”

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron: 

“The latest information is that the vast majority of Tripoli is now controlled by free Libyan fighters, although fighting continues – and some of it is extremely fierce. We have no confirmation of Qadhafi’s whereabouts, but at least two of Qadhafi’s sons have been detained. His regime is falling apart and in full retreat. Qadhafi must stop fighting, without conditions – and clearly show that he has given up any claim to control Libya. As for his future, that should be a decision for Chairman Jalil and the new Libyan authorities.”

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

“The dramatic scenes we are witnessing in Tripoli, Libya are a testament to the courage and determination of the Libyan people to seek a free and democratic future. It is crucial now for the conflict to end with no further loss of life and retribution. I welcome the assurances given by the Chairman of the National Transitional Council, Mr. Mustafa Abdul Jallil, that extreme care would be taken to protect people and public institutions, and to maintain law and order. I call on Colonel Qadhafi’s forces to cease violence immediately, and make way for a smooth transition.”

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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen:

“The Qadhafi regime is clearly crumbling. The sooner Qadhafi realises that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better — so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering. The Libyan people have suffered tremendously under Qadhafi’s rule for over four decades.  Now they have a chance for a new beginning.  Now is the time for all threats against civilians to stop, as the United Nations Security Council demanded.  Now is the time to create a new Libya – a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few. That transition must come peacefully.  It must come now. And it must be led and defined by the Libyan people.”

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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo: 

“Crimes in Libya were primarily committed against Libyans. The Court issued arrest warrants on 27 of June against three individuals [Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Abdullah Al-Senussi]. They are some of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.”

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