Libya rebels to honour Kadhafi-era contracts: NTC

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Libya's rebel leadership will honour contracts signed between foreign companies and Moamer Kadhafi's regime, which is near collapse after a six-month revolt, a rebel spokesman in Britain said Wednesday.

Asked whether contracts signed in the Kadhafi era would be respected by the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), the council's British coordinator Guma Al-Gamaty told BBC radio: "They will be honoured."

Gamaty also said the NTC, which has been based in the eastern city of Benghazi during the conflict, was determined to seek reconciliation not revenge with those who had worked with the Libyan dictator.

"We really don't want any more bloodshed," he said.

"We want to be as inclusive as possible, we believe that Libya is for all Libyans.

"Kadhafi has been there for 42 years, he was the only show in town. He was providing jobs, a lot of people had to work for him. We are not going to hold that against them."

On Wednesday in Libya, rebels hunted for Kadhafi and battled the remnants of his forces a day after overrunning his Tripoli compound, but the veteran leader urged residents to cleanse the capital of "rats" in an audio message overnight.

© 2011 AFP

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