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Barack Obama promises to help rebuild Libya

NEW YORK (Reuters) – On Tuesday Barack Obama promised  that the U.S. would contribute to the reconstruction of Libya and help to exploit its “extraordinary potential.”

“Libya is the demonstration that the international community can achieve when it is united,” said the U.S. president, according to excerpts of his speech at the conference on the reconstruction of Libya to the UN.

“We can not and should not intervene every time there is an injustice,” he added.

This week the State Department will send an ambassador to Tripoli in order to reopen the U.S. embassy, said Barack Obama.

“We will be with you in your struggle to achieve peace and prosperity that freedom can produce,” he said.

“Those who still resist the need to understand: the old regime is finished and it is now time to lay down arms to join the new Libya.”

Barack Obama said that NATO’s mission would continue as long as necessary and that it was essential to get their hands on weapons stockpiles of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.

The U.S. president met Mustafa Abdeljalil, president of the National Transitional Council (CNT).

He called on the Interim Board the power to lead the democratic transition quickly to draft new laws and a constitution and organize free and fair elections.

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