CARICOM calls for speedy reconciliation in Lybia

Denxil Douglas

Chairman of CARICOM Dr. Denzil Douglas

CARICOM Chariman and Prime Minister of St. Kitts/Nevis Dr. Denzil Douglas, has called on the people of Libya and the international community to intensify efforts to promote reconciliation and nation-building in that country.

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chair issued a statement on Monday afternoon, four days after the death of the Lybia leader Colonel Muammar Abu Al Gaddafi, at the hands of rebel forces.

In his statement Dr. Douglas said CARICOM has recognized that Libya has entered a “critical and decisive transitional phase”.

He urged combatants on all sides to “lay down their arms in peace”.

The statement went on to urge the interim National Transitional Council (NTC) to work with the international community to speed up the transition to democracy “where the rule if law is fully respected and basic human rights guaranteed for all”.

The CARICOM Chair in his statement, expressed concern over reports of human rights violations against members of the former Lybian government.

“The Caribbean Community calls for an immediate cessation to such inhumane and discriminatory actions that result in injury and death to civilians”, the statement said.

“The Caribbean Community therefore calls on all parties involved, in particular the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the NTC, to ensure that these ideals are adhered to, and that support is given to the efforts towards the stabilization of Libya and the restoration of democracy in that country in a manner which reflects the lawful demands and aspirations of the Libyan people.”

Gadaffi was killed on Thursday October 20th bringing an end to this 42-year reign and a bloody 8-month battle in which thousands of people were killed. There are differing reports on the circumstances surrounding the final moments of Gadaffi and a post mortem has been ordered to determine cause of death. Initial reports suggest that he was captured alive and was later shot in a cross fire between his loyal supporters and rebels. There are other reports which suggest that the former Lybia leader may have been executed by his captors.

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