Gaddafi speaks in the capital Tripoli, after the opposition National Council gives him 72 hours to step down. He says that the rebels fighting government forces have been brainwashed by al-Qaeda.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on state television, saying that "misguided and mad groups" are responsible for the continued violence in the country.
Nic Robertson of CNN tweeted that Libya’s deputy foreign minister said a no-fly zone would be a declaration of war against Libya. The Libyan official also demanded that the UN accept Libya’s new ambassador to United Nations,
Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, made another fleeting appearance around at a hotel where more than 100 foreign journalists had waited for hours. Just when they thought he would speak to them, his handlers took him to a private room in the hotel for an interview with a Turkish television.
The journalists thought he would make a statement, or, as Al Arabiya television predicted, make one of his long, rumbling speeches. Yet when Gaddafi sneaked out of a side door, many, including NBC’s Richard Engel, took to the social networking site Twitter to express their disappointment.
"Another reporter said:"We waited all day to watch Gaddafi walk through a lobby. Who's crazy? Him or us?"
Libyan state television releases video footage of what they say is a captured member of the country's rebel forces.
He says there are no mercenaries among pro-Gaddafi forces, and that Libya is targeted by Western countries in a bid to control its oil.
Experssing remorse for his alleged membership of the opposition, he also denies that air raids on eastern cities have occurred, and that "fanatic groups from outside Libya" are fighting in the country's east.
AFP - Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has said that any decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya should be taken by the United Nations and "not the United States".
"I think it's very important that it is not a US-led effort because this comes from the people of Libya themselves," she said.
"We think it is important that the United Nations make that decision. This doesn't come from the outside. This doesn't come from some Western power or some Gulf country saying: 'This is what you should do.'"
Publié par El Jazeera : http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-9
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