Bishwa Nath Singh
Libya’s foreign minister Moussa Koussa, has defected to London, dealing a blow to Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan Government. Britain has asserted that the Libyan minister, Moussa Koussa, had fled without promises of immunity from prosecution. The Libya’s foreign minister Moussa Koussa minister landed at a British airfield aboard an executive jet on March 30,2011 as Gaddafi’s forces were pushing rebels into a panicked retreat and seizing valuable oil towns they ceded just days ago under allied air strikes
(Photo of Libya’s defected foreign minister Moussa Koussa)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
It is the Photo of Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa who has already defected to London two days ago.In a speech in London today, the British foreign secretary, William Hague said Moussa Koussa, the defected Libyan foreign minister who... was a former intelligence chief in the Libyan regime suspected by American officials of responsibility in the 1988 Lockerbie bombings, had fled to London “of his own free will”.“Moussa Koussa is not being offered any immunity from British or international justice,” Hague said. “He is voluntarily talking to British officials, including members of the British embassy in Tripoli now based in London, and our ambassador, Richard Northern.” “We encourage those around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace the better future for Libya that allows political transition and real reform and meets the aspirations of the Libyan people,” Hague said. “Moussa Koussa is one of the most senior members of the Gaddafi regime and has been my channel of communication to the regime in recent weeks and I have spoken to him several times on the telephone, most recently last Friday.” Hague said Koussa’s departure was evidence that the Gaddafi government was “fragmented, under pressure and already crumbling from within.” Hague added, “Gaddafi must be asking himself who will be the next to go.” On the ground, though, the government advance appeared to return control of eastern Libya’s most important oil regions to Gaddafi’s forces, giving the isolated government, at least for the day, the east’s most valuable economic prize. Earlier Libyan had dismissed suggestions that Koussa had defected, saying he had been given permission to travel to neighboring Tunisia to undergo urgent medical treatment. "As far as we know Mr Moussa Koussa asked the government for permission to rest because he is a very, very ill person," Mussa Ibrahim had said. The Libyan Government had given him permission so he went to Tunisia to rest for a few days, possibly even for a few weeks and receive some urgent medical treatment," he said when asked for a comment on Koussa's defection. The news was welcomed by the insurgency's National Transition Council in Benghazi with cheers, as crowds gathered in front of a mega-screen applauded the reports as a sign of the Gaddafi regime's collapse. France's foreign minister Alain Juppe' today said that Gaddafi's entourage is witnessing the first signs of defection.