Muammar Gaddafi death: World reaction
- 20 October 2011
- From the section Africa
Below are reactions from Libya and around the world to reports that ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed.
US President Barack Obama
"For four decades, the Gaddafi regime ruled the Libyan people with an iron fist. Basic human rights were denied, innocent civilians were detained, beaten and killed. Libya's wealth was squandered. The enormous potential of the Libyan people was held back and terror was used as a political weapon.
"Today we can definitively say that the Gaddafi regime has come to an end. The last major regime strongholds have fallen. The new government is consolidating their control over the country and one of the world's longest-serving dictators is no more.
"This is a momentous day in the history of Libya. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted and with this enormous promise, the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gaddafi's dictatorship.
"We're under no illusions. Libya will travel a long and winding road to full democracy. There will be difficult days ahead but the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people. You have won your revolution and now we will be a partner as you forge a future that provides dignity, freedom and opportunity."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
"This is only the end of the beginning. The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges. Now's the time for all Libyans to come together.
"Libyans can only realise the promise of the future through national unity and reconciliation.
"Combatants on all sides must lay down their arms in peace. This is the time for healing and rebuilding, for generosity of spirit, not for revenge.
"As Libya's transitional authorities prepare the way for elections and take the many other steps towards building their new nation, inclusion and pluralism must be the watchwords.
"All Libyans must be able to recognise 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."
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
"After 42 years, Colonel Gaddafi's rule of fear has come to an end. Finally, Libya can close this long dark chapter in its history and turn over a new page.
"Nato and its partners have successfully implemented the United Nations' mandate to protect the people of Libya. We will terminate our mission in coordination with the United Nations and the National Transitional Council. That moment has now moved much closer.
"I call on all Libyans to put aside their differences to work together to build a brighter future."
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi
"I urge Libyans to overcome the wounds of the past and to look to the future with no grudges or sentiments of revenge, warding off all that could disrupt national unity and peace.
"All political forces and the Libyan leadership should close ranks and build a new Libya, which will fulfil the hopes and ambitions of the Libyan people for freedom."
British Prime Minister David Cameron
"Today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gaddafi'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 today 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've helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
"The disappearance of Muammar Gaddafi is 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.
"The liberation of Sirte must signal... the start of a process agreed by the NTC to establish a democratic system in which all groups in the country have their place and where fundamental freedoms are guaranteed. Now is the time for reconciliation in unity and freedom."
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
"Sic transit gloria mundi (the glory of the world is fleeting). Now the war is over."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
"This brings to an end a bloody war that Gaddafi waged against his own people. The path is now finally clear for a fresh political start, in peace. Germany is relieved and very happy about this.
"Libya should now carry out political reforms to ensure the achievements of the Arab Spring cannot be undone."
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
"The reported death of Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of an era of despotism and an end also to the repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long. Today Libya can turn a page in its history and embrace a new democratic future."
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
"We hope that there will be peace in Libya, and that all those who are governing the state, different representatives of Libyan tribes, will reach a final agreement on the configuration of power and Libya will be a modern democratic state."