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Gaddafi accuses France of 'interference'

07 March 2011, 11:30

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Paris - Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi accused France of interference in the country's internal affairs and blamed al-Qaeda for the revolt against his regime, in an interview aired on Monday by France24 television.

When asked about France's backing for the national council - the embryonic provisional government formed by rebels in the second city of Benghazi - Gaddafi said: "It makes one laugh, this interference in internal affairs.

"And what if we interfered in the affairs of Corsica or Sardinia?" he said, speaking in Arabic.

He claimed there was a "plot" in Libya, evoking the presence of "armed extremists", and al-Qaeda "sleeper cells".

"We are partners in the war against terrorism," he added

France on Sunday hailed the creation of the national council by the leaders of the armed revolt against Gaddafi, and said it supported its objectives, in a foreign ministry statement.

The council met on Saturday in the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, declaring itself the sole representative body for all of Libya, despite Gaddafi’s continued control of the capital and much of the West.



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