November 11, 2011
November 11, 2011
Libyans appreciate the help of NATO and Qatar in overthrowing the dictatorial regime of Muammar Qaddafi but they will not allow these parties to undermine the country’s national sovereignty, Former Libyan interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told Al Arabiya.
Jibril said that if Qatar seeks to play any roles in Libya, their operations must be subject to Libyan oversight.
“Qatar gave a lot to the Libyan revolution, but the Qataris are playing a role that is bigger than their actual potentials. The Qataris possess soft power means, which are money and the media, but when a country stretches itself more than its capacity allows, it will be break in the Middle,” Jibril said.
Former Libyan foreign minister and current ambassador to the U.N. Abdel-Rahman Shalqam had accused Qatar of seeking to control his country after the fall of Qaddafi.
In comments to “Idaat” – an Al Arabiya TV socio-political talk-show presented by Turki Al Dakheel – Jibril said he resigned from the National Transitional Council (NTC) because he did not have weapons, money, and access to the media.
“I failed because I did not have weapons, I could not reach the media to address the public, and I did not have money.”
Jibril criticized what he called the “Qaddafi-era behaviors” and “exclusionary practices” among Libyan politicians and militias. “These has turned into a social culture,” he said.
Regarding the extrajudicial killing of former strongman Qaddafi, Jibril said Libyans must show the opposite of what Qaddafi represented. “Libyan succeeded in removing the image of Qaddafi and they must now remove him from their culture.”
He said armed militias took many state institutions and changed their administrations without referring back to the NTC in Tripoli. He said about 31 schools were still controlled by the militias despite a plea by the minister of education that all educational institutions be opened for students.