Sen. Kirk says Libya Doesn’t Need More Aid from US

September 29, 2011

United States Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says the U.S. doesn't need to give any more aid to Libya.

Kirk joined Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in a meeting with the head of the National Transitional Council. He said the delegation met with some of Libya's current leaders and toured the destroyed U.S. embassy complex.

Speaking in a conference call Thursday from Libya, Kirk said the country has enough money to support itself. with at least $100 billion seized from former leader Moammar Gadhafi.

"I had my worries that those funds were not being released on time, but I was reassured by key figures -- the chairman, the prime minister, and the finance minister -- that they have adequate resources for their capacity right now," Kirk said.

Kirk also said he wants to end the no-fly zone over Libya to encourage civil aviation.

Kirk said Gadhafi's image also has been ripped down from dozens of billboards. He called it the "remnants of a cult of personality.''

A NATO-backed rebellion ousted Gadhafi, who remains on the run and is suspected of hiding in the southern desert.

Story source: AP