Monday, November 12, 2012

France Urges Rebels to Consolidate Counter-Revolution in Libya

France urges Libya to impose state control

Associated Press / November 12, 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has told his installed rebel Libyan hosts that democracy cannot exist without security, promising to help restore state control.

Fabius spoke in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after meeting Monday with rebel Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif and Prime Minister Ali Zidan.

‘‘There can be no democracy without security. There can be no security without re-establishing the authority of the state,’’ Fabius said in his speech to the parliament.

He urged Libyan rebel leaders to tighten border security. Otherwise, he warned, ‘‘Libya could find itself given over to disorder and terrorism.’’

Since the overthrow of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in last year’s imperialist war of regime change, the country has been struggling to impose control over various militia groups and overcome rivalries among tribes and communities.

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