Sarkozy hails Kadhafi demise as 'major step' for Libya
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday hailed the death of Moamer Kadhafi as a major step forward for the people of Libya and urged the country's new regime to pursue democratic reforms.
"The disappearance of Moamer Kadhafi 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," Sarkozy said in a statement.
"The liberation of Sirte should mark, in accordance with commitments taken by the National Transitional Council, the start of the process accepted by the NTC to establish a democratic system in Libya in which all components of the country will have their place and in which fundamental freedoms will be guaranteed," he said.
"As with since the first days of the Libyan people's uprising against oppression, France is standing at its side to support it in this journey.
"A new page is turning for the Libyan people, one of reconciliation in unity and freedom," Sarkozy said.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe had earlier hailed the "end of 42 years of tyranny" in Libya after Kadhafi's death and said France was "proud" to have helped bring freedom to the country.
French and British forces spearheaded the air campaign against Kadhafi's military by the NATO military alliance, which has launched nearly 1,000 strike sorties since March 31.
© 2011 AFP