Documents show Gaddafi tried to halt NATO action

August 26, 2011 06:41


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LONDON - The Gaddafi government carried out a lobbying operation to try to stop NATO's bombardment of Libya, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, citing secret documents seen by the newspaper.

The newspaper said the documents in Tripoli showed Libya's rulers believed NATO forces were likely to launch a full-scale invasion in "either late September or October".

It said the documents also showed that Tripoli approached key international opinion formers in the United States, including US President Barack Obama.

The paper also said the documents showed the Libyan prime minister wrote a letter to Obama in June, in which he addressed him as "Mr President", and politely complained about Washington's "unprecedented decision" to confiscate Libya's assets.

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