Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gaddafi's defiant message to West: The Libyans will die for me

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday warned Western leaders to mourn all foreign interference in the internal affairs of Libya. "If our country intervenís regret it," said the spokesman, citing Qaddafi. Gaddafi has sent this urgent message to U.S. and French presidents, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon.

Gaddafi says in the message: "All the Libyan people are willing to die for me, men, women and children." Nicolas Sarkozy has called an emergency meeting at the Elysee to prepare the military campaign in Libya. The President has invited the Spanish José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the Briton David Cameron, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Musa, the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy , the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton, and "senior representatives of all States wishing to provide support to the implementation of resolution 1973 the Security Council of the United Nations." The leaders of the anti-Gaddafi at 13.00 arrive at the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, have lunch together, discussed the details of the offensive and Sarkozy announced the agreement in a speech scheduled for 16.00 pm, a spokesman for Chair.

Meanwhile, on Friday took place in the capital of France the political meetings at the highest level to plan the operation. Earlier, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hillary Clinton will meet at 12.30 Spanish time. France has announced that "everything is ready" for military action in Libya.

The summit will "analyze" the ceasefire declaration of Tripoli and "draw conclusions," said Foreign Minister Alain Juppe Gallo. The meeting at the Elysee is for Juppe, "the opportunity to analyze the statements made Friday Gaddafi's regime on the cease-fire, and draw conclusions." For his part, President Sarkozy met Friday with Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Defence Minister, Gerard Longuet, and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Admiral Edouard Guillaud.

Following that meeting, government spokesman Francois Baroin, said the attacks against Libya be carried out "expeditiously", "within hours" and that the French military to "participate" in them, but refused to specify "when, how, against what objectives and how does" will be triggered. The intervention "is not an occupation of Libyan territory," but "any military device to protect and enable the Libyan people to crown their urge for freedom and therefore the Gaddafi regime fell," he added.

A few hours later, France reiterated its opposition to NATO's involvement in a possible military operation in Libya, according to the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Valero. "The position of our country against Libyan conflict has been ongoing since the beginning. We think it is a good sign that NATO is involved as such in an Arab country," said Valero told AFP.

The French spokesman stressed that the allies "did not take political positions" on a share of the Organization for the North Atlantic Treaty in an operation in Libya. As the leading expert in military strategy speculate on the details of the impending operation is said that France will launch the airstrike from his base in Corsica Solenzara.

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