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Libyans welcome promise to release funds

Friday, September 02, 2011 - 01:28

Sept. 2 - Libyans welcome the announcement that billions of U.S. dollars in frozen assets will be released from around the world. Nick Rowlands reports.

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Residents in Tripoli prepare Martyrs' Square for their second Friday prayers since the storming of Gaddafi's compound and his subsequent disappearance. There is a sense of freedom in the Libyan capital, with anti-Gaddafi posters and cartoons plastered over walls, including a deck of cards showing the most wanted from the former regime. Residents welcome Thursday's agreement by world leaders to unfreeze billions of dollars once controlled by the Libyan leader. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAN IN CAFE, WAEL: "We wish for the money to return to its people. This is Libyan money. Muammar Gaddafi spent all the money. All we want is to get our money back." French President Nicolas Sarkozy told an international conference in Paris a total of 15 billion US dollars would be freed from countries around the world. The National Transitional Council has committed to rebuilding the country and holding elections. And although grateful to NATO for its support in defeating Gaddafi loyalists, many Libyans do not want to see foreign troops on their soil. As the NTC continues the hunt for Gaddafi and his close associates and relatives, the former leader has vowed to fight on. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Libyans welcome promise to release funds

Friday, September 02, 2011 - 01:28