20 April 2011

Speaking in Brussels at a meeting of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group Prince Mohammed added that “there will never be a political solution in Libya to the crimes against humanity that Gaddafi and his thugs are committing.“He needs to be squeezed even tighter by economic sanctions and military action. Provided that we stay within the parameters of the UN Security Council Resolution, the power and armoury of NATO and other nations should be sufficient to more rapidly put an end to the suffering and atrocities and to give the Libyan people the freedom they crave and pray for.“But for this we need more western nations and Arab countries to join the cause of protecting those in need of help, so they can be free from the hellish terror they have to endure through no fault of their own.Prince Mohammed, who was banished overseas in 1988 by Colonel Gaddafi and unable to return to his homeland dismissed any possibility of a political solution “while a murderous ruler remains in the country.”

He added that the freedom fighters in Libya will be victorious and the uprising will continue until Colonel Gaddafi, his family and his regime have fallen.“Make no mistake,” he said, “this is six million Libyans versus one man whose strategy, if I can call it that, is to kill innocent civilians in an indiscriminate and barbaric manner in order to subjugate, oppress and maintain his undemocratic rule.”Prince Mohammed praised French President Nicholas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron for what he described as “fast tracking” the United Nations resolution to protect Libyan civilians. He also thanked the British and French governments for sending military officers to advise the freedom fighters in Benghazi.The exiled crown prince dismissed arguments put forward by Colonel Gaddafi that Libya will lurch into social and political chaos if the ruler is not in power or part of the country’s future. Prince Mohammed said he supported the role currently being undertaken by the Benghazi-based Interim Council and “when Gaddafi falls the existing body will make way for a new council made up of representatives from all over Libya so they can have a referendum to choose the form of government they desire.”

He told the audience that a constitution written in 1951 - with input from the United Nations - could be updated to form the basis of a new Libya. It contained, he said, sufficient details such as universal adult suffrage, political rights, human rights, freedom of religious practice and press freedom – to provide the foundation for a new constitution. “Whatever the people for Libya choose in the future, the 1951 constitution includes the building blocks of a democratic society,” he said.

Prince Mohammed concluded his speech by saying, “The people will decide which form of democracy they want – a constitutional monarchy or a republic. I will do everything I can to assist in creating a democratic state for Libyans based on a representative parliament chosen by free and fair elections.“As a Libyan and a member of the Senussi family, it is my task to serve the people and I will do so as best I can.”