Documents show Gaddafi tried to halt NATO action

LONDON - The Gaddafi government carriedout a lobbying operation to try to stop NATO's bombardment ofLibya, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, citingsecret documents seen by the newspaper.

The newspaper said the documents in Tripoli showed Libya'srulers believed NATO forces were likely to launch a full-scaleinvasion in "either late September or October".It said the documents also showed that Tripoli approachedkey international opinion formers in the United States,including US President Barack Obama.
The paper also said the documents showed the Libyan primeminister wrote a letter to Obama in June, in which he addressedhim as "Mr President", and politely complained aboutWashington's "unprecedented decision" to confiscate Libya'sassets.
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