Media statement on the death of the former Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

The South African Government has noted the latest developments in Sirte that culminated in the death of the former Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The South African Government wishes to reiterate its view that a lasting and sustainable peaceful solution is possible through an all inclusive political process that will culminate in the holding of the first ever democratic elections in accordance with the roadmap as announced by the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya.

The South African Government sincerely hopes that the latest events will lead to a cessation of hostilities and the restoration of peace.  We urge the NTC to begin in earnest the process of building national unity and reconciliation as well as the disarmament of all combatants and their reintegration into society.

The South African Government remains committed to work together with the African Union, the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Conference to ensure coordinated support to the NTC and the Libyan people in general  in their endeavours to reconstruct their country and to bring about democratic, political and socio-economic changes.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974

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20 October 2011

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