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Anniversary of Libyan revolution

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"Britain shares the ambitions of Libyans for a stable, prosperous country."

The Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement on the one year anniversary of the start of the Libyan revolution.

The Prime Minister said:

One year ago today thousands of brave men and women took to the streets of Benghazi in a revolution which spread across Libya, bringing together different tribes, towns and cities to remove a brutal dictator and to return Libya to its people. It was a defining moment of the Arab Spring and the Libyan people can be immensely proud of the inspiration they have given others around the world, as we are of our role in supporting them.

The Libyan authorities are making steady progress towards a peaceful country and in coping with the terrible legacy they have inherited. There are undoubtedly years of hard work ahead, including disarming militias and building a new Libyan army. But the Libyan people have shown they have the vision and commitment to succeed. 

Britain shares the ambitions of Libyans for a stable, prosperous country based on fundamental freedoms and human rights. We will continue to support Libya, especially to deal with the legacy of the Gaddafi era, to entrench the rule of law, and to prepare for the country’s first elections for 40 years in June. It is the great achievement of the last year that the future of Libya is now firmly in the hands of the Libyan people.