Libya rebels: Algeria stop backing Gaddafi

2011-07-10 20:36

Benghazi - Libya's rebel council issued a blunt warning to neighbouring Algeria on Sunday, insisting that it must "stop supporting Gaddafi," as tensions between the North African countries bubbled to the surface.

Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice president of Libya's National Transitional Council, accused Algeria of supporting Muammar Gaddafi militarily in the early days of the near five-month-long war, and that it continued to support him politically.

"Our only response to Algeria is: stop supporting Gaddafi and stop helping him terrorise and kill innocent civilians and our loved ones," he said.

Algeria has not officially recognised the rebel council, nor has it called for Gaddafi to go.

"[Gaddafi] had military air support from Algeria" said Ghoga, recalling the early days of the war, adding that 4x4 vehicles had also crossed the border in support of Gaddafi forces."

"We hoped that the Algerian regime had learned its lesson and stopped these acts," he said, without giving details about current levels of support.

The two countries share a massive and porous border in the Sahara, and tensions appear to have heightened because Algiers backed an African Union peace plan that would leave Gaddafi in power.

Although Algeria has complied with UN resolutions by freezing any assets held in Algeria by him, his relatives and cronies, it has backed directives from the African Union and Arab League which have both withheld recognition of the rebels.

Ghoga said the council had no problems with the Algerian people, and hoped for more positive relations in future.

"We don't have a problem with the Algerian people, and our relationship with our Algerian brothers will be good and solid after Gaddafi steps down," he said.

  • Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-11 01:00

    these AL-QAEDA rebels just dont get it do they? they refuse to realize that their gig is up! Reuters) – The United States remains firm that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi must give up his 41-year rule, the State Department said on Sunday, after France's defense minister advocated a compromise with Libyan rebels. "The Libyan people will be the ones to decide how this transition takes place, but we stand firm in our belief that Gaddafi cannot remain in power," the department said in a written reply to a query. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said in Paris earlier on Sunday it was time for Gaddafi loyalists and Libyan rebels to sit around a table to reach a political compromise because, he said, there was "no solution with force."

      Anton - 2011-07-11 04:38

      Datcleverbrother, Just for your info,here in Africa, we also got news channels and believe it or not, we aso got newspapers !!!!!!!!

  • Strategist - 2011-07-11 07:45

    Infect all African countries must send their armies to fight these CIA and French backed rebels. Africa must stop being naive. We are being hijacked by the west under the cover of 'protection of civilians. If France, UK and USA are political and militarily aiding these puppet rebels, why shouldn't any caring African nation back Gadafi forces? Long live brother leader Gadafi, down with western backed rebels.

      Anton - 2011-07-11 07:51

      Strategist, How ignorant can one get ???????????????????

      daaivark - 2011-07-11 08:05

      What does this supposed sentence actually mean, Strategist? Apart from the idiotic sentiment it displays.

  • Strategist - 2011-07-11 08:07

    @Anton, I told you last time that you must research the caused of this western Libyan invasion. My friend the world is at war and you are still blind and brain washed by the western media. Go on,keep on sleeping. We have facts. Just imagine if Russia armed Al-Queda to fight USA. Do you think USA will negotiate with those terrorists? Just kill the terrorist without mercy.

      Anton - 2011-07-11 08:42

      Strategist, Yes , and Mandela, and the current leadership of the ANC, were also branded terrorists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, I also told you, that the ,Arab Awakening, , came as a complete surprise to everyone, including the West. Be rest assured, that the USA and Europe, would have much rather continued their cozy relationships with these dictators and their families. Much and much easier !!!!! All they had to do was regularly pay a few hundred million dollars, mostly to their kids, and they got everything they wanted. No, the world is not at war, but their are a number of civil wars, in countries where the people demand an end to 30/40 years of tyranny. And the media, I much rather listen and read the ones from Benghazi where they can do their work unhindred, than the ones based in Tripoli, where there are heavy restrictions of movement, and what they are allowed to broadcast!!!!! HATRED BLINDS YOU !!!!!!!

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