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Marco Rubio and other GOP senators visit Libya

Last week at the United Nations, President Barack Obama urged Libyans to continue pressing for democracy. He told them that "the journey ahead may be fraught with difficulty," but "everything you need to build the future you seek already beats in the heart of your nation…" Obama met privately at the U.N. with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of Libya's new government, the National Transitional Council. The four Republican senators also met with Jalil on Thursday, Rubio said, as well as the transitional prime minister. The new government is very concerned about its own orderly transition, Rubio said. That includes avoiding crimes of retribution and human rights abuses, "the kind of things that happen after an armed conflict in any country," he said, particularly one emerging out of the four-decade rule of Moammar Gadhafi. "They recognize that nothing would set back the legitimacy of the Council more, and the ultimate revolution more, than stories about how people are now seeking retribution and taking vigilante justice." Libyan rebel leaders said they'd like to see the country's assets partially unfrozen, so that there's money for basic services such as a police force, garbage patrol, and improved medical services. Once a formal government is in place, they told the senators they'd like to see the country's assets fully unfrozen by the international community. 

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