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EU urges Libyan opposition forces to respect law, not to revenge

(Xinhua)

10:08, August 23, 2011

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday called on the Libyan opposition forces to abide by humanitarian and human right laws, especially not to revenge those who have been involved in the Gaddafi authorities.

"We urge both parties and in particular the opposition party who are now apparently taking over in Tripoli to abide by humanitarian law, abide by human rights law and that includes towards not only people from the opposition but also those who may be identified as having worked for the Gaddafi regime," said Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

"We want them to continue to be a cohesive opposition and not to get involved in anything that would break humanitarian law," Mann said in a press conference, "So we urge people to work together to build up a future for Libya, an open, democratic and a fair Libya."

Asked whether the Libyan opposition forces and the National Transitional Council (NTC) would heed the call with regards to Muammar Gaddafi and his family, the spokesman said: "So far the NTC has had a very responsible attitude, it is being very cohesive, bringing all the opposition groups together. We just urge them to continue like that."

He added that the EU hoped Gaddafi, his son Seif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, all charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, would be delivered to The Hague "so that they can stand trial in the correct way."

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