STATEMENT BY THE LIBYAN GNC
The General National Congress of Libya (GNC) and the Transitional Government wish to express their strong condemnation and disapproval for the criminal attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi yesterday, the death of his Excellency the US Ambassador and 3 staff members, injury to numerous people, and damage to the building. We emphasize that this disgraceful act is contrary to the teachings of our values and religion, as well as the Islamic and Arabic cultural norms of hospitality. During a time when we strongly condemn any attempt to abuse or insult the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), we still strongly condemn and oppose any use of force or terrorism against civilians, or the killing of innocent people.
This criminal act has coincided with numerous attempts of those who seek to hamper the democratic aspirations of Libya. They have taken a stance against the GNC and Transitional Government in order to spoil the joy of the Libyan people and derail what has been accomplished in Libya, and to obstruct our progress, which includes capturing some of the ex-regime members like Abdulla Al Sanousi. This confirms that the cowardly act comes as part of a series of incidents of the 2/17 revolution, which conspires to thwart the security of the country.
After the joint meeting which lasted until the early morning between the GNC and Transitional Government and its many members and security and military offices, some strict legal measurements were taken to put a stronghold on the offenders and bring them to justice, in protection of the national and homeland security. Also, a united entity was formed between the GNC and Transitional Government to follow up on the security situation and specifically to ensure that security measures are taken. There will be constant communication and we confirm that no one will flee or be at large from justice and accountability.
Also, the GNC and Transitional Government present in the name of the Libyan people their deepest condolences to the US Government, the American people, the families of the Ambassador and victims, and confirm the close ties between Libya and the United States, which have become even closer since the decision of the American government to support the revolution of 2/17.
In conclusion, we assure that diplomatic delegations, foreign companies and expatriates in Libya are under the protection of our security, which shall ensure their safety. We call for all of the Libyan people and the Libyan institutions to stand as a united front against anyone who tries to undermine Libyan safety, thwart the potential of Libya or distort the Libyan image.