Thursday, March 31, 2011

Libya: Paris and London evoke an "end of regime

The Libyan foreign minister, Musa Kusa, resigned Wednesday, March 30, sucitant the hope of the imminent fall of the regime in London and Paris. In one of his relatives, he resigned because of the Gaddafi regime attacks against civilians. Party of Tunisia, where he arrived Monday, he visited London in hopes of finding refuge.

"He broke with the regime," said his friend Noman Benotman, an analyst in the British thinktank Quilliam. "He was not at all happy. It does not support the government's attacks against civilians," he said, adding that he hoped to be "treated well" in London. The days of the Libyan regime "are numbered" said Thursday the former immigration minister, Ali Errishi, the television channel France 24.

The resignation of Mr Kusa was announced by Great Britain during the Minister's arrival Wednesday night in London, is "a sign that the regime's days are numbered. This is the end," said Mr. Errishi, who himself defected shortly after the start of the uprising in mid-February. The regime of Muammar Gaddafi "collapses" after the resignation and the arrival in Britain of Musa Kusa, said the head of British diplomacy, William Hague, Thursday in London.

"Gaddafi has to wonder who is next to leave," he added. "Musa Kusa, it will not offer immunity from British justice nor the international court. He speaks now of his own accord with British officials, "the minister said. For the Quai d'Orsay," the departure of Mr Musa Kusa, who was a senior official, shows the increasing isolation and loss of legitimacy of Gaddafi, "he told a news briefing the spokesperson for the department, Bernard Valero." I always said they [the Libyan leaders] are all being held hostage in Tripoli.

It's amazing how Mr. Koussa managed to escape, "said Mr. Errishi. Gaddafi has no one "on that count." Now there are only him and his children. It is one of the advisors who Gaddafi's most trusted. It's the end of the plan. The brutal reign is about to end. Nobody knows better than Mr. Koussa regime.

"Shortly after these statements, a spokesman for the Libyan government said that Colonel Gaddafi and his son are still in Libya" will hold out, "reports the agency. The defection and flight from the Libyan foreign minister have been confirmed in a statement by the British Foreign Office has said that London had encouraged Gaddafi's entourage to leave office.

"He came in here voluntarily. He told us he was resigning from office, "the statement added. On the ground, NATO took control of operations. Coalition aircraft flew into Tripoli on Wednesday night to Thursday, before the explosions are heard in the suburbs of Salaheddin, south-east of the capital, reported a witness to.

He said the raids had targeted a military site located in this region. The Libyan news agency Jana said later that "a civilian site in Tripoli has been the target of the night bombing of the aggressor colonianiste cross", referring to the international coalition. "The price of any bomb or missile launched by the Crusaders on the Libyans paid by the Qatari government and Emirates, the two Arab countries that are part of the coalition, the agency said.

Faithful servant of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Musa Kusa, had in recent years in all negotiations and turnovers that had allowed the return of Libya in the comity of nations frequentable. Chief of Intelligence from 1994 to 2009, Musa Kusa, 59, was a strong man of the revolutionary committee, the backbone of the Libyan regime, and the prisoners of Muammar Gaddafi.

He has been responsible for large files including Libya in Africa and regards its relations with the West. It was thus a key negotiator in the case of Bulgarian nurses that led to their release in July 2007 and in 2003 the dismantling of Libya's nuclear program that paved the way for lifting the trade embargo imposed by the United States against Libya in 1986.

He is best known for his role in compensating the families of victims of the Lockerbie bombing (1988, 270 dead) and the UTA DC-10 (1989, 170 dead), removing the remaining obstacles to the normalization of relations Tripoli with the West. After two decades, embodied the dark side of the Gaddafi regime, symbolized this Tripolitan recent years the opening.

Born into a poor family, scholarship and holds a master of the American University of Michigan (1978), he began his career in special services such as security official Libyan embassy in Northern Europe. In 1980, Koussa was appointed ambassador to Libya in London before being expelled in the same year by the British after stating his determination to liquidate the "enemies of the revolution" on British soil.

In 1984, he joined the Mathaba, a Foundation to coordinate the liberation movements worldwide, especially in Africa and Latin America. Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1992 to 1994, he was later appointed head of intelligence, a position he held until 2009, before being responsible for Foreign Affairs, replacing Abdulrahman Shalgham, Libyan ambassador to the UN, who had also defected a few weeks ago.

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