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Hague urges early Libya elections

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Libya's new leadership, the National Transitional Council, will meet the international community at a conference in Paris, exactly 42 years after Colonel Gaddafi seized power in a military coup.

Speaking on the programme, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said today's conference would allow a "broad spread" of the international community to discuss how it can help the new Libyan government and hear from the National Transitional Council about its plans for the country.

On the transition to democracy, he added: "I'm sure there will be many debates about the nature and timing of their democratic system but the important thing is that they do bring about the free, inclusive, democratic Libya that they are committed to.

"That of course is what we want them to do. We will encourage them very strongly to do so."

Mr Hague said that Britain was "not setting a timescale" in terms of co-operation over the investigation into the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who was shot dead in 1984 outside the Libyan embassy in London.

He stressed that it was "an ongoing police investigation, it's up to the Metropolitan Police how to pursue it. It's not for me as a minister to set a timescale on that.

"We will give strong diplomatic support to facilitate police inquiries, of course, and we will expect the new government of Libya to co-operate fully."

Today's talks have been arranged to discuss the reconstruction of Libya and its transition to democracy, and are being chaired by President Sarkozy and David Cameron.


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