Above: Mohammad Abdul Aziz discusses the situation in Bani Walid at a conference at the Shangri-La in Abu Dhabi to discuss the National Transition Council’s vision for building a democratic Libya as delegates (below) watch. Image Credit: Alex Westcott/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya, along with the United Nations and the European Union have been discussing offering Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi a safe exit from Libya, for the sake of reducing bloodshed in the country, according to Mahmoud Werfali, official spokesperson from the Bani Walid local council.

Speaking to Gulf News on the sidelines of the NTC meeting held in Abu Dhabi Monday, he said supporting the Libyan people's freedom is the NTC's utmost concern for now.

"The ultimate scenario, however, is to arrest Gaddafi and take him to court, before deciding to assassinate him. I believe he must be questioned for all the hardship and bloodshed he's caused his people before he faces his fate," he said.

Ethical

Libyan political analyst Mohammad Toumi affirmed that the so-called "tribes" in Libya are simple, peace-loving individuals across various cities, some of whom were forced to show that they were pro-Gaddafi in front of the Libyan media and upon Gaddafi's instructions to showcase a positive image of his regime in front of the world.

"We have 2,000 different tribes in Libya, none of whom have political targets. They're ethical people who know nothing about violence and have no political agendas whatsoever," affirmed the analyst.

During their speeches, members of the Libyan community and representatives from the NTC all agreed that if it were not for the international community intervening in the past few months, tanks and bombs sent by Gaddafi to kill hundreds of innocent Libyan citizens would have destroyed the country completely.

When the NTC members were asked why they chose to speak up in Abu Dhabi for the first time since February 17, they explained that besides ongoing medical assistance from the UAE Red Crescent, the UAE government has been supportive in every way, namely by sending fighter pilots to help defend Libyan civilians in no-fly-zone areas. A second conference of the regional councils of Libya will be held in Doha tomorrow, followed by a third meeting in Benghazi, all under the slogan "Libya together and free."

  • 3,000 Libyan people live across the UAE, 60 per cent of whom reside in Abu Dhabi
  • Their professions vary from businessmen, engineers, lawyers, and doctors; 200 Libyan's work in the oil field sector
  • Over 50,000 people have been injured in Libya since February 17th
  • Over 15,000 people have died in Libya since February 14th