New Libyan leaders 'owe' France

2011-10-21 15:30

Paris - France will seek a leading role in post-war Libya, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Friday, arguing that Libya's new leaders "owe" Paris for leading the campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

Speaking in an interview to Le Monde on the day after Libya's ousted strongman was captured and killed, Longuet said France is poised to take advantage of its leading role after a successful campaign.

France "will strive to play the role of a principal partner in the country where the leaders know they owe us a lot".

"Everyone will throw their hat into the ring. We will neither be the last nor the most blatant," he said of Libya's relations with various Western countries in the coalition.

"Our involvement was not belated, mediocre or uncertain. And we have nothing to be ashamed of."

Longuet said earlier that French planes had spotted Gaddafi’s convoy fleeing Sirte on Thursday, though clarifying that it was the NTC forces that ultimately destroyed the vehicles along with the former dictator.

Libya, which produced 1.6 to 1.7 million barrels of oil daily before the conflict, is a coveted market for many countries that are also eyeing potentially massive contracts for rebuilding its infrastructure.

French and British forces spearheaded the air campaign against Gaddafi’s forces by the Nato military alliance, which has carried out nearly 1 000 strike sorties since March 31.

The campaign will now be "phased out" in the coming "days or weeks" and Libya's NTC will be able to announce the new government, Longuet said.

"[The NTC] is now pushed into the difficult stage of establishing a stable political system," he said.

He said the campaign owed its success to France, which "used the political weight of its agreement with Britain ... to win a UN Security Council resolution and then hand the command over to Nato."

"The political setup and military readiness were the conditions for success," he said.

  • Thabo - 2011-10-21 15:51

    What is the point of the investigation, UN was part of the coampaing to oust hiw with the imperialists

      Francois - 2011-10-21 19:06

      What is coampaing? What is "hiw"?

  • Nicholas - 2011-10-21 15:53

    France, UK,USA - "How do we grow our economies in this recesion?" Well lets support a wealthy nation like Libia in ousting Gadaffi, surely it will get blown to &%$# and then lets have them pay us for contracts to rebuild all infrastructure and get some cheap oil they promised us. Very, Very Clever!! If we just thought of that!! PS: Zim is just above us and they have loads of Diamonds, Maybe SA can start making money with War??

  • Jackie - 2011-10-21 16:06

    france is very quick to collect, this is/was a dirty deal that will unravel in the months to come. there is no honor amongst thieves.

  • Razz - 2011-10-21 16:16

    The Western countries are all corrupt, and they sucks these countries because of their oil. Why are they not interested to topple Zimbabwe because they dont have oil. France is among the worst, I have seen how they drain the Rep. of Congo with their oil resources. Congo has a dictator for more than three decades now, poverty prevail largely but they will not stop the dictator. They are ALL TOTAL RUBBISHES.

  • samkange - 2011-10-21 17:13

    two bullies (clowns) ata circus, now their show is gona hit a low.recession so they get muppets Ntc, who do all their bidding,,,,and the crowd applaud.

  • Maverick - 2011-10-21 17:39

    Disgusting French, American and allied pigs getting involved into the politics of a sovereign nation which was not at war with any of them, condoning savage killings of leaders which they did business with for the sole purpose of financial gain. It's really a sad day in history.

  • Brainbow - 2011-10-21 18:25

    Eish! How can anyone owe anybody anything in support of liberation? Voertsek!

  • Joseph - 2011-10-21 19:15

    The NTC will or is a puppet governmant which will be dictatated by France,Britain and America.All what they wanted was oil and Libyan wealth,Whites are behind the atrocities Libya on the other side they preach democracy,how convinient.China is better off than than the EU contries.Gaddafi did not give them what they wanted hence they so it fit to mobilise to overthrough a legitimate goevrnmant for puppet governmant which will pay a biger price before they are dumped like Iraq.The Arab world is full of leaders who do not think.

  • Frank - 2011-10-21 19:38

    Here it goes. NTC oil Minister is a from Virgina exiled 30 yrs ago from Libya due to his treasonist ambitions not difficult to figure what is going on, he is embedding contracts to the west before there on to him. (perfect plant) ..... also check this guy out.

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