Germany urges Libya`s Gaddafi to step down quickly

Germany has not participated in NATO airstrikes in Libya but recognized the rebels.

Berlin: Germany is urging Muammar Gaddafi to
step down quickly as rebels advance on Libya`s capital,
Tripoli.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with ZDF
television being broadcast today that it would be "good if he
would give up as quickly as possible" to avoid further
bloodshed.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said: "We hope this is
the turning point; we hope that the last days of this unjust
regime have begun."

He told reporters that "every day earlier that Col Gaddafi leaves the country is a good day for Libya and the
Libyan people."

Germany has not participated in NATO airstrikes in Libya
but recognized the rebels` National Transitional Council in
June as Libya`s legitimate representative.

PTI