Gaddafi may stay in Libya, UK says

2011-07-26 08:58

London - British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday demanded that Muammar Gaddafi step down but said the Libyan leader may be allowed to remain in the North African country.

Speaking ahead of talks in London with French counterpart Alain Juppe, Hague said Britain would prefer for Gaddafi to quit Libya and stressed that France and Britain were "absolutely united" in Nato's current mission against Gaddafi.

"What is absolutely clear, as Alain [Juppe] has said, is that whatever happens, Gaddafi must leave power," said Hague.

"Obviously him leaving Libya itself would be the best way of showing the Libyan people that they no longer have to live in fear of Gaddafi.

"But as I have said all along, this is ultimately a question for Libyans to determine," added Hague.

Juppe said the allies were in "perfect co-operation" over the UN-sanctioned mission, which began in March, despite suggestions in France that the mission was dragging on too long.

"We think that we must continue to exert strong pressure on the Libyan regime with the same methods," he said.

"If we did not intervene four months ago it would have been a massacre in Benghazi and I think we may be proud to have taken this courageous decision," concluded Juppe, referring to a rebel stronghold.

Libya on Monday accused Nato of killing at least seven people in an air raid on a medical clinic in Zliten east of Tripoli, as top US officer Admiral Michael Mullen spoke of "stalemate" in Nato's campaign.

  • The Monk - 2011-07-26 09:53

    Of course they should allow him to stay, but only in a mental home. A true patriot should always recognise that his country and its people are always bigger than him/her.

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-26 10:22

    F**K him...he must stand trial for crimes against humanity. The west must stop sending out the wrong message to these stupid African dictators. No compromise...bugger off and stand trial. Hang the cockroach!!

      Illuminated - 2011-07-26 15:56

      please name the crimes you speak of?

      slg - 2011-07-26 16:39

      Michael, Illuminated, this is a South African website. We know a thing or too about oppression.

      Anton - 2011-07-26 17:25

      The Editor Re comment from Michael Michael, Its great to have different opinions. But it would be great if, realized that comments like posted by Michael , is by South African law, a criminal offence. Besides this, there are many whites who posts their comments on your sites, who are getting sick and tired of certain comments posted by some sick racists, who got nothing to offer than some disturbed hatred.

  • Human Being - 2011-07-26 10:46

    @Antonio, factual and informed comment indeed. People must start to analyse the situation in libya with an objective and neutral eye. UN resolution on Libya abused by the western forces, civilians killed by NATO,etc. Who is fooling who here? Actually, what is democracy?

      Wes - 2011-07-26 14:08

      No its not factual and its not informed. How many civilians killed by NATO and where they deliberate. Remember the child that was knocked over by a car that Gaddaffi goons paraded around as a NATO bomb victim. Is that the type of people you support? If you do then you are truly lost.

  • slg - 2011-07-26 16:40

    So the more a leader kills, maims and rapes, the more he gets away with it? If this report is accurate, it's disappointing.

  • Bafoza - 2011-07-26 16:44

    What you know about Africa and Gaddafi is what you have read in the newspapers and that is what the West wants you to believe. I have personally met and spoken to a number of people from Lybia and the situation is far different from what we are being fed by the western media. The invasion and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan was based on the same fallasies. Please open your minds and dont just believe what you read simply because it comes from the west. The fact is that the war in Lybia is of great benefit to the west and we all know why. The oil issue!!

      Wes - 2011-07-26 17:17

      What special information do you have? Clearly you don't read much. Oil is bought and traded on the market..that Brent Oil thing you see on the news everyday. The prices are determined by the oil cartel, OPEC. All the Western countries buy oil of this market. Not from invading countries. Your argument makes little sense. Please try again.

      slg - 2011-07-26 17:19

      Libya produces just 2% of the world's oil. It's not about oil.

      Anton - 2011-07-26 17:52

      Bafoza, I totally agree with you, one should not only listen to the West. So when a few months ago, I heard some Libyans talk, I listened very very carefully. Because these Libyans should really know , what is happening. Not only the present situation, but also what happened in the past 10 years, and longer. These Libyans I am talking about, were until early this year , some of the closest allies of Gaddafi and Sons. Just in case, you want to contact them, here is some info, and by the way, they now all stay in Benghazi. Minister of Interior Minister of Labour Minister of Oil Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Finance Minister of Justice High ranking Military Diplomats, amongst them 11 Ambassadors ( incl the Ambassador to the UN.) It are some 50 of Gaddafi's inner circle, BUT when Gaddafi unleashed a reign of terror onto his own people, they had enough of this thug.

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