|A Letter To Romano Prodi; President Of The European Commission|
April 23, 2004
President Romano Prodi
B-1049, Brussels, Belgium
Dear President Romano Prodi:
The American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) is a non-governmental organization, registered in the state of Virginia, USA. The mission of ALFA is to educate the international community and its political leaders about the dismal realities of conditions inside Libya, and the gross human rights violations committed by Gadhafi and his regime. It is common knowledge that Gadhafi, directly or indirectly, has caused the deaths and disappearances of thousands of Libyans, as well as hundreds of individuals of other nations.
As a fulfillment of our mission, we wrote to you on January 12, 2004, protesting the rush of European states to normalize relations with Libya. We stated then that we are in support of such normalization, as long as it leads to significant improvements in the lives of Libyans inside Libya. Our fear is that European business and trade will avail more money to Gadhafi to continue his murderous ways inside and outside of Libya. We stated in our previous letter that the only way to ensure Gadhafi’s rehabilitation and good conduct is by instituting a democratic government, elected by the free will of the Libyan people.
Recently, various news media have carried reports of an impending visit by Gadhafi to the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. We were shocked and disappointed to see such reports, so were the 5 million Libyans living under Gadhafi’s merciless regime. All of us view such a visit as a betrayal by the European democracies to our people, and to the democratic ideals that Europe espouses and touts. Our expectation is that the only trip that Gadhafi makes to Europe is to face an international tribunal to face charges of crimes against humanity, not to be honored and received as a noble statesman. We are indeed disappointed, and ask you to repeal this visit, as it will demean and discredit all of Europe.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA)