Casey Statement on Qaddafi

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, today released the following statement:

“The death of Qaddafi marks the beginning of a new era in Libya.  The Libyan people have sacrificed enormously over the decades of his tyrannical rule and now finally have the chance to determine their own fate in a democratic system.  The development of democratic institutions and a functioning economy will take a long time and the international community should move swiftly to reintegrate Libya as it rebuilds. The United States should support the Libyan people in their efforts to consolidate democratic institutions, but Libya must be responsible for financing its own recovery and reconstruction.”