Honorable C. David Welch
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Mr. Ambassador:
This week you will be meeting at Columbia University in New York with a group that represents Ghaddafi, headed by Ragab M. Budabbus, who was until recently the cultural minister in Libya. For the last thirty years, Budabbus was one of the main architects of the so-called Green Revolution. In writing he justified and called for the liquidation of the enemies of Ghaddafi. He justified and called for the killing and imprisonment of scores of students, lawyers, soldiers and officers, intellectuals and ordinary civilians.
We in the Libyan Opposition Conference believe and the record shows that since 1969, Libya not only did not experience or practice any form of democracy, but is a nation that is under the total control of a ruthless dictator. His acts are documented by human rights organizations, the United Nations, foreign governments and most important, the U.S. State Department, that still lists Ghaddafi on the list of terrorist nations.
Ghaddafi not only practiced some of the worst form of human rights violations against his people, but he is also the man that engaged in irresponsible adventures beyond the borders of Libya. Thousands of innocent Libyan soldiers and officers and countless numbers of Chadian civilians who were killed, is a testimony to that. This is the same regime that got involved in the internal matters of sovereign nations such as Uganda, Tunisia, Egypt, Indonesia and many other countries. It should be noted that this is the only regime in the Middle East that was indicted for the killing of U.S. civilians in Lockerbie in 1988.
We in the Libyan Opposition Conference are calling for the return to the constitutional legitimacy manifested by the constitution of 1951, which was granted under the auspices of the United Nations and was abolished in Ghaddafi’s coup in September, 1969. We are working toward establishing true democratic institutions that are based on the separation of powers, the protection of individual freedoms and the rule of law. We are aiming to achieve the goals of democratization of Libya through peaceful means, mainly civil disobedience.
We in the democratic opposition are calling on the U.S. to support the effort of change and reform in Libya. We are not asking for military support or taxpayer money. We are asking for political and moral support.
Ghaddafi does not represent the Libyan people and we strongly believe that he is not a strategic ally of the United States. We think that the interest of both peoples is better served by clearly supporting the cause of change and democracy in Libya.
Dr. Ali Tarhouni
National Conference of the Libyan Opposition
5622G Ox Rd, PMB 260, Fairfax Station, VA – 22039 – USA
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