U.N. diplomats applaud Qaddafi demise

Bob Orr spoke with CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante on how President Obama will handle death of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Abdel Magid Al Fergany

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At the U.N., where the rebel National Transitional Council flag was raised last month and the new government allowed to represent Libya in the General Assembly, diplomats from around the world, almost without exception, applauded the news of Qaddafi's demise, said CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela Falk.

U.N. diplomats from the U.S, U.K. and France underscored the support that their leaders have expressed in the future of Libya, Falk said.

Some nations have been in a conflicted position of opposing NATO and U.S. action in Libya -- but have supported the rebels fighting Qaddafi and his supporters.

Iran, in particular, whose leaders have called the Arab spring an Islamic awakening, sees the change as a possible opening to better relations.

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammed Khazee told CBS News, "this is positive news for the Libyan people, some people in Iran would call this a blessing, and it is good news for the new government and for the people of Libya to be able to now determine their own government."

At a friends of Libya conference in Paris in early September, NATO allies were lining up for the new oil contracts and making the point openly that they were part of the NATO coalition that made the change possible, Falk said.

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The future of Libya will depend on international support to develop the institutions of government that have been absent for four decades and to avoid divisions within Libya's society, said Falk. With the unfreezing of Qaddafi's assets, what Libya does not need is money, on the contrary, U.S. Congressional leaders are hoping to be reimbursed for some of the costs of the intervention.

  • Pamela Falk

    Pamela Falk is CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst and an international lawyer, based at the United Nations.

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