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Sat 26 Feb 2011 05:55 PM

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Libya's Gaddafi no longer in control-Berlusconi

Berlusconi was addressing a political meeting in Rome, says Europe and West cannot be spectators

Libya's Gaddafi no longer in control-Berlusconi
Italy has close business ties with Libya, a former Italian colony (Getty Images)

Muammar Gaddafi does not seem to be in control of Libya anymore, Italian
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Gaddafi's strongest European ally, said on
Saturday.

"I have fresh news from a few minutes ago and it appears that,
effectively, Gaddafi no longer controls the situation in Libya,"
Berlusconi told a political meeting in Rome.

Berlusconi, who has been relatively subdued in condemning the violence in
Libya, said popular revolts in North Africa could bring democracy and freedom
but also trigger the creation of "dangerous centres of Islamic
fundamentalism a few kilometres from our shores" and a mass exodus of
refugees.

"For this reason, Europe and the West cannot remain spectators of this
process, and above all we can't do that," he said. "The events of the
past few weeks affect our trade relations, our energy supplies and our own
security."

Italy has close business ties with Libya, a former Italian colony which
supplies around 25 percent of Rome's oil needs and 12 percent of its gas
imports.

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frank pyane 9 years ago

British government officials have no right to call on qadafi to quit. Its a terrorist statement. Therefore UK must apologize to QADAFI. Otherwise UN should impose sanctions on UK. UK has no oil, therefore UN sanctions must involve eliminating its right to recruit international students from all over the world and earn thousand of dollars

David 9 years ago

@Frank - Utter balderdash!