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African mediation efforts in Libya
12/04/11

The Government of the Republic of Botswana supports the efforts of the African Union to bring about a peaceful solution in Libya which would lead to political reforms that will usher in a truly democratic dispensation.

However, following forty years of oppression and lack of democracy in Libya, and more recently, the unleashing of terrible violence against peaceful protestors which led to this Government breaking off diplomatic relations with Libya, Botswana strongly believes that any new political dispensation which includes a role for Colonel Gaddafi, his family and members of his regime should not be considered under any circumstances.

Botswana looks forward to the speedy resolution of the conflict in Libya and stands ready to restore relations with a democratic Libya led by a government which enjoys the support of the Libyan people.

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