September 1st, 2011
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Libyan Foreign Minister captured

al-ObeidiLibya: Reports that rebels had captured Col Gaddafi’s Foreign Minister, Abdelati Obeidi are flowing out of Libya. Mr Obeidiis said to have been arrested at his farm in Janzour, a suburb of Tripoli. The whereabouts of Col Gaddafi is still not known.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi  though said that his father was fine.”The resistance continues and victory is near,” he said in an audio message. “We would like to assure people that we are steadfast and the commander is doing well,” he said.”We will soon come to the Green Square to salute you, God willing,” he added. The defiant message of Saif al-Islam was in contrast with that of his brother, Saadi, who earlier on Wednesday said he had been authorised to negotiate with interim authorities to end the fighting in Libya.

But Libya’s interim leaders have made it clear they are not interested in negotiating and Gaddafi loyalists have been issued an ultimatum to surrender before Saturday.Anti-Gaddafi commanders say they are moving to encircle the city of Sirte, Col Gaddafi’s birthplace and one of the few areas of Libya still under the control of Gaddafi loyalists.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend “Friends of Libya” conference in Paris to discuss Libya’s future. 60 countries and organizations will be in attend the conference hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Members of the country’s National Transitional Council (NTC) are expected to press for the release of further funds in addition to the $31.bn in frozen assets released by the US and UK in the last two weeks.

 



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