Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Reported Death of Col. Muammar Qadhafi in Libya, October 20, 2011

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
October 20, 2011


A dark chapter has finally ended in Libya. Just weeks after ending a tyrant’s grip on power, the Libyan people have ensured the end of his continued claim to it. But the death of Col. Muammar Qadhafi after forty-two years of iron rule does not alone guarantee a safer, more democratic and prosperous Libya. The Libyan people will face great challenges in the days ahead. As they do, the United States will stand with them.

We will be a full partner as Libya works to build an inclusive, transparent, democratic government and create new economic opportunities for its citizens. We will support its efforts to uphold the rule of law, create essential new institutions, and protect the rights of all citizens, including women and minorities. And we will support the international community in providing the expertise and technical assistance that Libyans will need to build a brighter future.


PRN: 2011/207