Gaddafi calls on
Libyans to fight colonialism
TRIPOLI, Sept 1.—In a new communiqué,
Libyan leader Muammar al Gaddafi today exhorted his
people to continue fighting and to keep up their
resistance, "even though they cannot hear my voice,"
The "friends" of Libya met in Paris
today to discuss a future without Gaddafi.
"Tripoli must continue with its
resistance, do away with colonialism and with those
who are behind all this. I call on the tribes to
fight, they are millions of people, fight, you are
many, you are in the best position to do so," stated
Gaddafi, according to the Al Arabiya television
network, based in Saudi Arabia.
"They have cut off communications
because they know these are dangerous, as you can
hear my voice and that of the Libyan people," he
"In this struggle, the triumph
belongs to the Libyans; this was the plan: to take
control of Libya, of its dignity with their weapons,
they want to steal our oil and take it to France,
but we will not surrender to the traitors," he
The summit for the "reconstruction
and future of Libya" took place in Paris today, with
60 countries and international organizations and a
representation of the National Transition Council (NTC)
During the meeting, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy announced that NATO military
operations in Libya will continue "as long as
Gaddafi is a threat" to the country, and British
Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his pride in
the achievements of the allied forces in Libya.
Also present at the Elysée Palace
were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Deputy
Foreign Minister Zhai Jun, and Russian Senator
Mikhail Marguelov, whose country today recognized
the NTC as the legitimate Libyan authority,
according to EFE.
The European Union (EU) has lifted
the sanctions imposed on 28 Libyan oil, banking and
port enterprises, in order to "help the NTC to
restore" the country’s economy, stated EU High
Representative Catherine Ashton.
organizations have denounced an "ethnic cleansing"
on the part of the Libyan rebels who, in the last
few days, have embarked on a "witch hunt" of people
of Sub-Saharan origin living in Libya.
Various family members of the
detained immigrants have said that they were taken
from their homes at gunpoint and that they do not
know where they are, EFE reports.