Sept. 1 - World powers sit down with new Libyan rulers in Paris where the focus is on short-term funding needs and political stability. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Finding a way forward in Libya. Leaders of the Libyan uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi met with world powers in Paris Thursday to map out the country's rebuilding. French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered funding. SOUNDBITE: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying: (French) "The money that was diverted by Mr. Gaddaffi and those close to him must be returned to the Libyans. We all committed to unblock the money of yesterday's Libya to finance the development of today's Libya. We also agreed on the continuance of NATO strikes so long as Mr. Gaddafi and his followers are a threat to Libya. All participants asked the NTC to start a process of national reconciliation and one of forgiveness so that mistakes of the past can be a guiding light for Libya's future. Nothing can be done without reconciliation and without forgiveness." The head of Libya's ruling interim council National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel spoke about his hopes.. SOUNDBITE: National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel, saying: (Arabic) "I would like to address the Libyan people: as we have taken a bet on you. As the international community has taken a bet on you, things are now in your hands to prove several things: to respect our engagements. Secondly to introduce stability and peace in Libya. Thirdly: forgiveness and tolerance and to allow the rule of law and to say its world. You saw how Muammar Gaddafi put fires around revolutionaries and lit it. You have seen the rapes, you've seen the suffering of the children. Let's leave history to be the judge. Islam encourages reconciliation. And there is law that will have to rule and be respected." At a separate news conference, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the international community to lend their support. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying: (English) "The international community. led by the United Nations need to help the Libyan people and their leaders, pave a path to peaceful, inclusive democracy." With the West anxious to avoid mistakes made in Iraq, the tight three-hour agenda of the first "Friends of Libya" meeting focused on political and economic reconstruction. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters