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Vol 52 No 14

Published 8th July 2011


Libya

Rebels edge closer to Tripoli

Running out of options, Gadaffi declared in his birthday speech on 7 June that he would choose ‘death before surrender’

As the rebel war to drive Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi from power stretches out, public support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s intervention is weakening. However, NATO governments cannot afford to abandon their campaign and will keep up the bombing of Gadaffi’s military assets and boost diplomatic and material support to the increasingly buoyant Transitional National Council in Benghazi. The Gadaffi regime tries to weaken NATO’s resolve, offering the prospect of negotiations using the African Union as a broker. Those who know Gadaffi dismiss any possibility of him quitting power but his clan seem to believe that AU negotiations could leave him and his son Seif el Islam el Gadaffi with a share of power.

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