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10 December 2023

Rebels say No Nato bases after Gaddafi

By Reuters

Libya's rebel government envoy to the Cairo-based Arab League said Monday that his country will not allow Nato bases in Libya after Moamer Kadhafi's ouster, official Mena news agency said.

"Libya is an Arab and Islamic nation before Nato and after Nato," he said, adding, "the Libyans revolted from the 1970s against Western bases and there will be no non-Libyan bases."

The head of Libya's rebel national council urged rebels on Monday to respect the law and promised fair trials for members of Muammar Gaddafi's government.

"I call on all Libyans to exercise self-restraint and to respect the property and lives of others and not to resort to taking the law into their own hands," Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference in the eastern city of Benghazi aired by Al Jazeera television.

He said the national council would favour foreign countries that had supported the rebellion.

"We assure the international community that we are seeking to build solid ties based on mutual respect," he said, adding that countries would benefit from "special privileges" in relations with the oil-rich north African country.