Australia PM calls for Gaddafi to face international court

By REUTERS
August 22, 2011 09:13

 
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CANBERRA - Australia called on Monday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down and face an international court for human rights crimes as his 41-year regime neared collapse.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said it was clear rebel forces were finally about to take control of the country as Libyans took to the streets of the capital to celebrate the end of Gaddafi's iron-fisted rule.

"We continue to call on Colonel Gaddafi to get out of the way and of course we believe he should face the international charges that are against him," Gillard told reporters at parliament in Canberra.

"We will as a nation continue to support the people of Libya on what we want to see as a journey to peace and democracy," she said.

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