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French officials say opposition victory in Libya "not complete"


09:33, August 24, 2011

PARIS, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said Tuesday opposition victory in Libya is "not complete" yet in a more prudent tune.

"I've said yesterday that the victory was not complete. The regime is on the verge of collapse but there still are resistances. NATO should always keep on alert to go after the operation," Juppe told local radio Europe 1 in the morning.

"In Libya, it's a situation that not totally at the end, far from it," Defense Minister Longuet told France Inter, a local radio, adding Libyan rebels are still in fierce fights in some sensitive zones where troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi refused to lay down the arms.

During a press conference on Monday, Juppe called Gaddafi's force to surrender because "it's over," and "there is no way out for the regime."

Monday afternoon on another radio show, Longuet declared the downfall of Gaddafi regime and estimated a total "changeover" in the country.

Libya rebels entered Tripoli over the weekend and took a majority of the stronghold of pro-Gaddafi forces. Rebel spokesman said the National Transition Council (NTC) had detained Gaddafi's two sons.

However, there are soon reports that Gaddafi's eldest son Mohammed has escaped and another son Seif al-Islam appeared with supporters on the streets of Tripoli.

France has proposed a high-level meeting gathering western allies, Arab countries that recognize the rebel government's legitimacy and some international organizations in Paris next week to discuss the roadmap of Libya transition.


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