Indonesia supports peaceful
democratic transition in
Libya: foreign minister

Through the Foreign Ministry, the Indonesian government said they supported the peaceful transition towards democracy in Libya following the downfall of Moamar Qaddafi.

“Indonesia supports the National Transition Council in Libya in carrying out the peaceful transition towards democracy,” Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in a press statement provided to the The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Marty added that the democratic transition must “reflect the wishes and aspirations of Libyans”.

The statement from the Indonesian foreign minister came after Libyan National Transition Council chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil vowed at a meeting in Paris on September 1 that the council would put forward suggestions on a new constitution and hold general elections within the next 18 months.

The council also vowed to uphold justice and national reconciliation in Libya.

The stance taken on Libya by the Indonesian government is based on various principles, including the belief in the protection of civilians.

“In the end, a political process which grants Libyans the chance to decide their own future is the best solution in resolving the issues in Libya,” the Indonesian foreign minister said.

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