British PM says 'day to remember Kadhafi's victims'
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday the death of Moamer Kadhafi was an occasion to remember his victims, while hailing it as a chance for a "democratic future" for Libya.
In a short, sombre statement outside his 10 Downing Street office, Cameron said Libyan interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil had confirmed to him that Kadhafi had been killed in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday.
"I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Kadhafi's victims, from those who died in connection with the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex," he said.
The bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988 killed 270 people, mostly Americans.
Fletcher was a British policewoman who was killed by a shot fired from the Libyan embassy in London while policing a demonstration in 1984.
"We should also remember the many many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime," Cameron said.
"People in Libya have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future."
Referring to Britain's military air campaign over Libya, he added: "I'm proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who have helped to liberate their country.
"We will help them, we will work with them, and that is what I want to say today."
© 2011 AFP