CARICOM Chairman urges people of Libya to ‘lay down arms in peace’

CARICOM Chairman, and  Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas, has called on the people of Libya and the international community to intensify efforts to promote reconciliation and nation-building in that country, a release from the CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen stated.

Following the death of Colonel Muammar Abu Al Gaddafi, Prime Minister Douglas said CARICOM recognized that Libya had entered a “critical and decisive transitional phase” and urged combatants on all sides to “lay down their arms in peace”.

Dr. Douglas observed that the death of Colonel Gaddafi marked  the end of a painful and tumultuous chapter for the people of Libya who have endured a protracted conflict in that country over the past eight months.

He said further that CARICOM recognized that Libya has entered a critical and decisive transitional phase, and called on combatants on all sides to lay down their arms in peace.

Moreover, Dr. Douglas said that the Caribbean Community  is calling on the people of Libya, who are now being led  by the interim National Transi-tional Council (NTC), as well as the international community at large, “to intensify efforts to promote reconciliation and nation-building within the country and to accelerate the transition to democratic governance where the rule of law is fully respected and basic human rights guaranteed for all.”

The Community  also calls on the NTC to ensure the process of reconciliation and nation-building leads to the establishment of a constitutional and legislative framework for the democratic transformation of Libya, including the holding of free and fair elections, the CARICOM Chairman added.

The Caribbean Com-munity also expressed deep concern over the widespread reports of violations of human rights against former members of the Libyan government and other minority groups, including migrants from Sub-Saharan countries.

Therefore, Dr Douglas said,  the Caribbean Com-munity is calling for an immediate cessation to such inhumane and discriminatory actions that result in injury and death to civilians.

In his statement Dr Douglas also noted that the Caribbean Community has consistently reiterated its principled position of democratic principles of good governance, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights as espoused in the Charter of the United Nations.

Against that background, the Caribbean Community is urging all parties involved, in particular the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the NTC, to ensure that these ideals are adhered to, and that support is given to the efforts towards the stabilization of Libya and the restoration of democracy in that country in a manner which reflects the lawful demands and aspirations of the Libyan people, the CARICOM Chairman concluded.

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