October 20, 2011 / 3:38 PM / 7 years ago

Day of Gaddafi death "historic" for Libya: U.N. chief

Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The day of the death of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who Libya’s transitional government said was killed on Thursday, is a historic one for the Libyan people, the U.N. chief said.

“We have all seen the reports of the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the end of fighting in Sirte and other cities,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a U.N. development conference. “Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya.”

“Combatants on all sides must lay down their arms in peace,” he added.

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Sandra Maler

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