Friday, March 4, 2011

Wikileaks reveals a violent dispute between the sons of Gaddafi in Libya for the distribution of Coca-Cola

Shots were fired. Deployment of troops and military vehicles. And Cain struggle to illuminate the inner workings of a family kleptocracy now cornered. "Do you know the movie The Godfather? We have experienced the same in recent months, "said a businessman a U.S. diplomat in Tripoli, referring to the saga of Francis Ford Coppola mafia.

The quote and the story of the clash between two sons of Muammar Gaddafi between 2005 and 2006, appears in a report from the State Department diplomat who has won the organization Wikileaks and yesterday revealed Reuters. Libyan version of the movie-a-mix version very real feuding brothers, a country run like a family farm and a flagship company of the American way of life, the Coca-Cola.

It all starts in December 2005 when the bottling plant of Coca-Cola in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, was two weeks running. According to the anonymous businessman who informed the U.S. mission, "two military vehicles and armed personnel without clearly identifying illegally entered the factory, employees asked him to leave and closed the plant." The plant was closed three months.

A spokesman for Coca-Cola has acknowledged to Reuters that "there was uncertainty" but noted that the issue "amicably resolved" in late 2006. What happened? The cable that Wikileaks has revealed that agency clarifies some details. The troops seized the Coca-Cola plant in Tripoli were loyal to Mutassim Gaddafi, a son of Muammar Gaddafi.

Then he served as national security adviser. The plant was owned by a British company called Ka'Mur and the Libyan Olympic Committee, whose leader was another son of dictator Mohamed. According to the State Department cable, Mutassin had for years been angry with his brother Mohamed, because in the nineties, while he was exiled to Egypt for insubordination, Mohamed had taken control of the soft drinks sector in Libya.

It was the time of the embargo, and the Coca-Cola is bottled in Libya. Imported from Tunisia arrived. With the normalization over the past decade with U.S. relations. UU. and its Western allies failed to open Coca-Cola plants in Libya. The company that distributed the Coca-Cola imported at the time of the group but then demanded that controlled the new plant.

When the dispute was in court, the assault took place. During the incidents between the two factions, the plant employees received physical threats, and a cousin of the Gaddafi family ended up in the trunk of a car, according to Reuters. The State Department protested. Aisha, a daughter of the dictator, speaking for the brothers would go all the peace, according to the cable.

Mohamed agreed to sell the shares of the Libyan Olympic Committee in the Coca-Cola plant. And Mutassim men left the plant. Mutassim visited Washington in April 2009 and met with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. "We deeply value the relationship between EE. UU. and Libya, "Clinton said then.

The story of the Coca-Cola illustrates how Libya is largely a business of Gaddafi. "A kleptocracy in which the regime is directly involved in everything that is bought, sold, or own," said one State Department cable. Business in Libya passed by the regime. In a cable, written after a visit to Tripoli by a Spanish delegation led by King Juan Carlos, the U.S.

diplomat wrote: "Understanding that the business is in Libya and Gaddafi's political controls both, probably Spain to benefit commercially from interactions caring between the king and Gaddafi. " The War of the Coca-Cola is also evidence stormy relations between the Kadhafi, others have documented Wikileaks cables.

"The level of disagreement among the sons of Gaddafi is serious", found in 2009, U.S. diplomats. UU. American diplomacy put the emphasis on the role of the mediator that exerts Aisha entreMutassim Gadaf after multiple brushes and Saif, the son with more visibility, considered for long as the heir.

"The sharp rivalry between the sons of Gaddafi could play an important role, if not decisive, so that the family is able to maintain power when the author leaves the stage of revolution," added the cables.

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