Sumario: 22 August 2011, Brussels - Joint statement by EU Commission President Barroso and EU Council President Van Rompuy, Statement by EU HR Ashton, and Statement by EU Parliament President Buzek on Libya
Joint statement by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Libya
The quest for freedom by the people of Libya is coming to a historic moment. The relentless efforts of the forces of the new Libya, supported militarily by NATO and several EU Member States, and countries from the region are bringing the Gaddafi regime to its end. We urge Colonel Gaddafi to accept the will of the people, step down immediately, and avoid further bloodshed and sufferance.
The way is now open for Libya for freedom and self-determination. The European Union will keep supporting the country in its democratic transition and economic reconstruction, based on social justice, inclusiveness and territorial integrity, together with the international community.
The developments in Libya are giving fresh momentum to the Arab Spring. The quest of the people in the region for freedom and dignity will continue. The European Union stands by them and supports their democratic aspirations and choices.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement on developments in Libya:
"We are witnessing the last moments of the Gaddafi regime. I call on Gaddafi to step down without further delay and avoid further bloodshed.
I call on the National Transitional Council and opposition forces to ensure the protection of civilians, to fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law and to act with responsibility in the interests of maintaining peace and stability throughout the country.
Today Libya is entering a new era. I salute the courage of those who have fought to make this possible. It is now time to launch a process of transition towards a newLibya, in which democratic principles, justice and human rights are fully respected.
The coming months and years will test the resourcefulness and determination of the Libyan people. I have no doubt that they will rise to this challenge and that they will unite to ensure thatLibyatakes its place in the international community as a prosperous, stable and democratic state. For its part the EU will continue to offer support and will remain a strong and committed partner for the Libyan people."
Statement of the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, on situation in Libya
"This is the revolution of the Libyan people and nobody can take it away from them. The Libyan people are free at last to decide about their own future" said Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament. "This is also a strong sign for the entire region. No dictator will be able to continue his reign through the brutal use of force. The struggle against the regime might end today, but the struggle for democracy is only beginning. We have a responsibility to protect democracy."
The President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, made the following statement on the situation in Libya following the ongoing taking of Tripoli:
"Today is a day of joy for Libya and the entire region:Tripoli is about to be free. I congratulate the Libyan people and the National Transitional Council for their courage and determination. Their call for freedom and human dignity has been stronger than Gaddafi's terror.
Muammar al-Gaddafi´s rule is about to end. Another dictator will have fallen as we witness history in the making in North Africa and the Middle East.
I hope that this decisive victory of the people will quickly be consolidated without further bloodshed. The few remaining forces of the Gaddafi regime should read the signs of the time and render their arms. The suffering of the Libyan people must end now.
Those responsible for crimes against humanity and for other abuses must face justice. I welcome the commitment of the Transitional National Council to prevent any acts of blind vengeance, especially against ordinary citizens who have hitherto not been on their side.
The future ofLibya starts now. I hope it will be a future of peace and justice, of unity and shared prosperity. This is the revolution of the Libyan people and nobody can take it away from them. The Libyan people are free at last to decide about their own future.
This is also a strong sign for the entire region. No dictator will be able to continue his reign through the brutal use of force. The fall of Gaddafi is a writing on the wall for Bashar al-Assad, Ali Abdullah Saleh and many others. They should listen to the aspirations of their people and step aside.
The EU stands firmly on the side of the Libyan people. We offer our help and our active support for managing the transition into a democratic Libya that is governed by the rule of law and by the respect for human rights.
The Libyan opposition has often been our guest in the European Parliament, most notably on 9 March 2011 before they were received by President Sarkozy in Paris. This visit triggered the rescue of the population of Benghazi in the very last minute.
Now is the time of democratic transition. Now is the time of parliaments and legislators. The European Parliament will continue supporting the Libyan people in their efforts of building a pluralist political landscape and in the preparation of the historic elections to come.
The struggle against the regime might end today, but the struggle for democracy is only beginning. We have a responsibility to protect democracy."
The European Parliament adopted a resolution onLibyaon 10 March 2011, calling for the international community to assume its responsibility to protect.