France says Kadhafi had chance to surrender

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France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Friday that Libyan ex-dictator Moamer Kadhafi had been offered "good conditions" to surrender but had refused.

"It was up to the Libyan people to arrest him and to take him in front of the justice. Things have developed in another way," he told reporters in New Delhi during a trip to the Indian capital.

"He (Kadhafi) behaved in a very aggressive way. He was offered good conditions for his surrender. He refused that," Juppe added.

Juppe, who hailed "the end of 42 years of tyranny" after the death of Kadhafi on Thursday, said that a United Nations mission might be needed to help stabilise post-conflict Libya.

"The choice of the new Libya is up to Libyan people," he said.

© 2011 AFP

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