Fidel Castro says US, NATO planning to invade Libya

February 22, 2011 17:30

HAVANA — Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro said it's too early to criticize Libya's government — but just the moment to denounce something he says is planned: A US-led invasion of the North African nation.

Castro used a column published in Cuban media on Tuesday to accuse the United States of planning a NATO invasion of Libya to control its oil. He said that might happen "in a question of hours or very short days."

He said the plan "has to be denounced."

The Communist revolutionary was more cautious about reports by Arab and Western news media that troops loyal to his Libyan ally Moammar Gadhafi have slaughtered civilian protesters. Castro says, "We have to wait the necessary time to know with rigor how much is fact or lie."

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