Thursday, October 20, 2011

LIBYA: Udall Statement on Death of Qaddafi

Today, Mark Udall released the following statement on the death of ousted Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi.

"Qaddafi was a cruel ruler who terrorized his citizens and refused to listen to their demands that he step down. The Libyan people bravely stood up against their oppressor, but as long as Qaddafi was alive and on the run they weren't free to chart their own future.

"There are many questions to be answered today and in the coming weeks and months about what the future holds for Libya. But with Qaddafi gone, the interim Libyan government has the opportunity to build a new democratic nation.

"U.S. leadership helped bring about regime change, and I commend President Obama for bringing together an international coalition to aid the Libyan people. Our role in the near future must continue to be one of support and guidance as a new Libya works to rebuild, provide for its people and hold its first credible elections."