Merkel says further bloodshed in Libya must be prevented

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday more bloodshed must be prevented in Libya as its leader's power is slipping.

"Today is the day when we see the beginning of the breakdown of former Libyan leader (Moamer) Kadhafi's regime, his power begins to crumble," Merkel said during a visit to Croatia.

"It is very important that we make sure to prevent further bloodshed."

Merkel stressed the need for a quick transition of Libya to a free and democratic society.

"It is good that the Contact Group will meet in Paris to coordinate the first steps. We need to talk with future leaders, the Transitional Council of rebels, we have to talk about what this society is going to look like," she said in comments in German.

The Contact Group is composed primarily of countries that participated in the NATO air campaign in support of the rebels.

"The fact is that too many innocent people have lost their lives in the fighting and we have to prevent that that situation continues, meaning we have to create political structures fast to enable a transition to a peaceful, free and democratic society because Libyans have suffered too much," Merkel added.

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