Comments from Paris conference on Libya

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Posted: Sep 01, 2011 3:20 PM
Comments from Paris conference on Libya

PARIS (Reuters) - Following are highlight quotes from world leaders and officials at a "Friends of Libya" conference to discuss the country's rebuilding following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

FRENCH PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY

"Dozens of thousands of lives were spared thanks to the intervention.

"We have committed to unblock funds from the Libya of the past to finance the development of the Libya of the future.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON

"The struggle is not yet over... NATO and our allies will continue our operations ... for as long as it is necessary to protect civilian lives.

"We are here today to show our strong solidarity with the Libya people.

"Freedom in Tripoli is bringing to evidence unspeakable crimes... These crimes must be investigated and the guilty brought to justice."

LIBYAN RULING INTERIM COUNCIL PRIME MINISTER MAHMOUD JIBRIL

"The world bet on the Libyans and the Libyans showed their courage and made their dream real."

NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN

"The NTC has outlined a roadmap for a transition to democracy in Libya. Obviously, it is first and foremost for the Libyan people to shape the future of their own country. Tonight, the international community has clearly stated that it stands ready to assist.

"The war is not over yet. There is still some fighting. This is the reason why I have stressed tonight that NATO stands ready to continue our operations as long as necessary. On the other hand, we will not stay one day longer than necessary. We want to terminate the operation when the situation allows."

(Reporting by John Irish, Nick Vinocur, Andrew Quinn, Keith Weir, Marie Maitre, Catherine Bremer and Alexandria Sage; Editing by Geert De Clercq)