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NTC: Gaddafi is in SW Libyan desert

10-11-2011 08:26 BJT Special Report: Libya in Post-Gaddafi Era |

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TRIPOLI, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might be hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, a member of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said Monday.

At a press conference in the capital Tripoli, NTC member Moussa al-Koni said the triangle area is in fact beyond the control of the country, which might give space for Gaddafi and his loyalists to go back and forth around the border.

The area is difficult in geography with sand dunes and mountains; and there is a floating population there, said al-Koni.

Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) member Moussa al-Koni (1st L)
speaks at a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2011. Fallen Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi might be hiding in the triangle area in southwestern
Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, Al-Koni said Monday. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

"The best of my knowledge is that Gaddafi can only be in the triangle area in order to be able to escape and move quickly and safely to Algeria or Niger or Mali," al-Koni said.

Al-Koni, who represents the Tuareg minority in the council, meanwhile dismissed reports saying that the Tuareg tribe was harboring members of the Gaddafi regime.

He called on the international community to resort to helicopters and unmanned jets in searching for Gaddafi in the region, due to the lack of technical capabilities of the Tuareg military.

Moreover, al-Koni said the NTC has met and decided to recognize the National Council which is formed by Syrian opposition in Turkey as the sole legitimate government of Syria which has also been witnessing a months-old political crisis. But there is yet to be an official NTC announcement on that.


Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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