Germany urges Kadhafi to make way

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Germany on Monday urged Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi to step down as rebels overran the symbolic heart of the capital Tripoli, saying every hour he clings to power was "costing human lives".

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular press briefing that it was clear Libya had reached a "turning point".

"Everything points to the fact that the end of the Kadhafi regime is within reach," he said, adding that the veteran leader had lost "all legitimacy".

"But the fighting apparently continues, blood continues to flow. That is why the German government firmly says that Colonel Kadhafi must give up. Every hour he senselessly clings to his rule, which no longer exists, is costing human lives and leading to further heavy destruction."

He said Berlin was ready to help Libya's process of "political, material and and of course moral reconstruction".

Germany in March abstained on a vote at the UN Security Council authorising a Libya mission to shield civilians and enforce a no-fly zone. It was the only European Union or NATO member to do so and provoked criticism from key allies.

© 2011 AFP

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