Libya warns against arming Gaddafi rebels

Foreign ministry says arming anti-Gaddafi forces would be tantamount to aiding terrorists
Libya warns against arming Gaddafi rebels
Libyan rebels wave flags atop a bombed tank
By Reuters
Wed 30 Mar 2011 08:03 PM

Libya's foreign ministry said on Wednesday a French suggestion that Western powers could arm Libyan rebels violated United Nations resolutions and was tantamount to aiding "terrorists".

"Providing military assistance to armed gangs is contrary to Security Council resolutions, and is in support of terrorism as it has been proven that the armed gangs in Benghazi belong to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups," said a foreign ministry statement carried by Libya's official Jana news agency.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that France was ready to discuss with its partners the possibility of arming the rebels.

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said he may consider sending arms to the opposition forces.

“We will be providing them direct assistance,” Obama said in an NBC 'Nightly News' interview yesterday. Asked if this meant sending weapons to the rebels, Obama said: “I’m not ruling it out. But I’m also not ruling it in.”

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