Libyans say China, Europe sent arms to Gaddafi

September 6, 2011 02:03


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TRIPOLI - Libya's new leadership has evidence Muammar Gaddafi bought arms this year from sanctions-busting traders in China and Europe, many of them via Algeria, but are split over how far to retaliate against governments who failed to stop it.

In interviews with Reuters in Tripoli on Monday, officials of the National Transitional Council (NTC) also accused Algeria of acting as Gaddafi's "lifeline", providing him with vital supplies and fighters during Libya's six-month war.

Libya may seek legal and diplomatic redress against suppliers and governments.

But representatives of the NTC, which is still forging its common policies two weeks after ending 42 years of one-man rule, also stressed a need to work with major powers like China, and to let bygones be bygones, even if that included selling the guns Gaddafi used against the rebels or CIA and MI6 cooperation with his agents.

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