12 April 2011
Memorandum from the NFSL Secretary General
Submitted to the Libya Contact Group
Meeting in Doha – 13 April 2011
As you meet to discuss the situation in Libya, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya would like to take this opportunity to address multiple key issues:
We are confident that you are well-aware of the Libyan people’s plight under Colonel Gaddafi's forty-one years of oppression, injustice, tyranny, and corruption. During the past two months, you have witnessed the sacrifices the Libyan people have made towards achieving their freedom, restoring their dignity, and reclaiming their free will. As have you witnessed the repressive tools and brutal means used by Gaddafi and his regime to commit hostilities, murder, bloodshed, kidnappings, torture, and rape against the sons and daughters of our people.
In light of these atrocities, Libyans expected the international community to take a united stance in support of their aspirations and legitimate goals. Unfortunately current diplomatic efforts attributed to the African Union, Turkish government, and a few others which describe the devastation and suffering of our people as a “crisis" between two political forces imply that Libya is a country ruled by constitutional and legal systems, which is contrary to facts on the ground. Such erroneous assumptions ignore the fact that egregious violations of international human rights laws, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and acts of genocide have been committed by Gaddafi and his forces against Libya's civilian population.
These diplomatic initiatives also ignore the fact that Gaddafi lacks the basic legitimacy to rule Libya as substantiated by resolutions of the United Nations' Security Council and General Assembly. Similar conclusions have been made public by the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organization of Islamic Conference, to mention a few.
We deeply regret such initiatives as they are unjust to our people, biased towards the interest of murderer of our children, and incompatible with everything humanity has known of the value of truth, justice, and freedom. As a consequence, we believe that it is our duty to emphasize the following facts:
First: The Libyan people’s uprising in rejection of Gaddafi’s dictatorial regime was in its origins and intentions peaceful. Its militarization was forced upon the Libyan people due to the Gaddafi regime’s use of brutal force. In self-defense, Libyans took up arms in order to protect innocent civilians from Gaddafi’s mercenaries, heavy weaponry, and large battalions. These measures have been taken by the Libyan revolutionists out of necessity and do not change the fundamentally peaceful essence of this revolution.
Second: There is no basis to the fear-mongering perpetuated by Gaddafi and his supporters, claiming that the regime’s demise would descend Libya into civil war and instability or that there would be disruptions to the supply of oil.
Third: Any diplomatic initiative that seeks a political solution via negotiations sponsored by international parties which does not require the immediate departure of Gaddafi and his sons from power—besides being unjust—will not achieve the stability, security, and peaceful resolution that is needed in Libya, the region, nor the world.
Fourth: We affirm that there is a national consensus and a determination among all Libyans to build Libya, after the fall of Gaddafi and his regime, as a civil state and a constitutional democracy that safeguards the rights and liberties of its citizens, that builds a free economy through cooperation and the exchange of international expertise, and that establishes closer political, economic and cultural ties with the international community.
The Libyan people have, through their blood and sacrifices, paid a heavy price for the sake of regaining their freedoms. We call upon the international community to take all appropriate measures to accelerate the removal of Gaddafi and his sons from power.
The Libyan people offer their deepest gratitude to all those nations that have stood by them and supported their efforts to restore their liberties. We look forward to the international community’s continued support and expertise as we rebuild our constitutional democracy.