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Libya's new leader apologises at UN for Gaddafi crimes

Published on Sep 28, 2012 9:06 AM
 
Mr Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, President of the General National Congress of Libya, addresses the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Sept 27, 2012 in New York City. Libya's newly appointed leader apologised at the UN on Thursday for the crimes of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi and told critics that supporting the Arab Spring was worth it. -- PHOTO: AFP 

UNITED NATIONS, Se) - Libya's newly appointed leader apologised at the United Nations (UN) on Thursday for the crimes of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi and told critics that supporting the Arab Spring was worth it.

During his address to the UN General Assembly, Mohammed Magarief, leader of Libya's ruling national congress, said the Libyan people were moderate and the country would never be home to extremist groups.

"I stand before you today, before the entire world, to apologise for all the harm, all the crimes committed by that despot against so many innocents, to apologize for the extortion and terrorism he meted out on so many states," Magarief said.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) bombing campaign last year, approved by the UN Security Council, helped underpin an "Arab Spring" uprising that ended Gaddafi's dictatorship and finally claimed his life in October.

 
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