Oct. 21 - Clinton, Gillard, Chinese spokesman, react to news of Gaddafi's death. Julie Noce reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NETWORK TEN - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU**~ World leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary, reaffirm their support for the new democracy emerging in Libya after the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Clinton made the comments during a news conference in Islamabad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON SAYING: "The death of Colonel Gaddafi has brought to a close a very unfortunate chapter in Libya's history. But it also marks the start of a new era for the Libyan people. And it is our hope that what I saw in Tripoli on Tuesday , firsthand, the eagerness of Libyans to begin building a new democracy can now begin in ernest." In Canberra, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared victory for the human spirit in Libya. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, JULIA GILLARD, SAYING: "The Libyan nation has much to do, to unite, to repair their towns, repair their cities, to create an economy, to build an interim government that will take the nation on a path to an inclusive peaceful democratic future. But this is a day of triumph for the human spirit in Libya." In Japan, during a regular news conference, the chief cabinet secretary told reporters Japan is ready to help the Libyan people move forward. (SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY OSAMU FUJIMURA SAYING: "By providing our knowledge and skills, as well as working with other countries, we want to help all Libyans come together and create a new Libya." And in China, the spokesperson for the foreign ministry said China wishes the people of Libya a smooth transition process. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN JIANG YU SAYING: "We hope that the transition to an inclusive political process will start as soon as possible. We also hope Libya can safeguard national unity and ethnic unity. China will continue to support the efforts of the Libyan people to restore stability and rebuild their country." Gaddafi's death is being hailed by leaders worldwide as an end to months of conflict and 42 years of rule by the one-man dictator. Julie Noce, Reuters