Gaddafi's departure "worst case scenario" for Libya: regime spokesman

08:56, June 01, 2011      

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The departure of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi would be a "worst case scenario" for the country, Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told a news conference Tuesday.

"If Gaddafi steps down, there will be no security," he warned, ruling out the possibility that Gaddafi would leave power.

He, meanwhile, said that Gaddafi did not discuss "exist strategies" with South African President Jacob Zuma during his visit to Libya on Monday.

On Monday, Zuma said that the Libyan leader was ready to accept an African Union proposal for a ceasefire but he did not say Gaddafi was ready to step down.

Libyan protesters have been calling for the ouster of Gaddafi, who has been in power for 41 years, following the protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

The world's major powers, the UK, the U.S. and France, started on March 19 to launch strikes from the air and sea against Gaddafi 's forces after the UN Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya.

NATO has formally taken over full command and control of military operations against Libya from the U.S. on March 31.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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