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Tripoli, Libya, 2 November 2011

Your Excellency Mr. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council,
Your Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Excellencies, Members of the NTC,
Senior Officials of Libya
Members of the Media,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I extend my sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and relatives of all those Libyans who have lost their lives.  To those who have suffered, and to those who are injured, I offer my best wishes for their speedy recovery.

For the past eight months, the people of Libya have gone through a very painful and difficult transition that has claimed the lives of many Libyans and caused a lot of suffering.

The struggle of the people of Libya is happening at a critical moment in this nation’s history.  It is ushering in a new era of freedom, democracy and human rights.  But there is a lot of hard work to be done.  This new era in Libya must be guided and developed through inclusiveness, unity and the rule of law.  The nation of Libya needs to heal quickly and become a viable, progressive, respected and co-operative member of the family of nations.

We congratulate the current Libyan leadership for the boldness and courage they have shown so far.  We urge the Libyan authorities and everyone in a position of responsibility, as well as Libyan Civil Society,  to continue to show exemplary leadership and create the atmosphere for freedom and prosperity for all.

We are here today in Tripoli, to demonstrate that the United Nations General Assembly, the Member States, the Secretary-General and the entire UN system are standing with you, the Libyan people.  We will continue to support you as you embark on this critical journey of reconciliation, reconstruction and democracy.

On my own behalf as President of the UN General Assembly and on behalf of the Member States of the United Nations, I extend to the Government and all the people of Libya, my best wishes for a better and more prosperous tomorrow.

And  in this respect I add my voice to that of the Secretary-General when I say we are here today in Tripoli, on a short visit, but it is an important one, to offer the support of the United Nations to the people if Libya in their endeavours towards democracy, progress, freedom and prosperity."

I am wishing you all success.

I thank you.




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