05 Mar '11, 12am

Gaddafi sacks UN envoy who defected

UNITED NATIONS - LIBYAN leader Muammar Gaddafi has sacked the country's UN envoy who turned against the regime but the United Nations has not yet accepted the move, a spokesman said on Friday. Gaddafi has named Ali Triki, a former foreign minister who was president of the UN General Assembly in 2009-1010, as his new representative, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said. He would not say whether the United Nations would accept the move or who the global body now considers the legitimate representative of the country which has been roiled by turmoil over protests against Gaddafi. The regime sent a letter this week saying it no longer recognised ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgham, another former foreign minister, and deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi as Libya's representatives. Mr Shalgham and Mr Dabbashi gave impassioned speeches condemning Gaddafi as a 'tyrant' and pleading for sa...

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