TRIPOLI Oct 3 The military commander of
Tripoli, a key figure in the revolution that overthrew Muammar
Gaddafi, urged residents on Monday to restore stability to
Libya's capital by putting an end to the presence of unlicensed
Abdelhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council,
told a news conference, through an interpreter: "The city has
started feeling that the stability and security of the early
days ... has flipped and they have started worrying and their
stability became scary."
"We need from everyone who is worried and concerned about
Tripoli and its stability to help us to restore stability, so we
need to stop all illegal arms."
Belhadj also called for the full restoration of education
and health services, saying it was important that schools and
hospitals restart normal operations.
He added: "This press conference is to express the view of
Tripoli's people who saw bad times in the past 42 years and who
are now looking for a better future and a free life, with
stability and security, with justice and equality."
(Writing by William Maclean; Editing by Peter Millership)