Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files)
BEIRUT - Deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi said leaders of the developing world who recognized Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) that ousted him with the aid of NATO firepower would suffer a similar fate.
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"If the power of [international] fleets give legitimacy, then let the rulers in the Third World be ready," he said in an apparent reference to NATO's military support for NTC forces.
He made the comments in an audio recording obtained by Reuters on Thursday from Syria-based Arrai television. It was not clear when the message was recorded.
"To those who recognize this council, be ready for the creation of
transitional councils imposed by the power of fleets to replace you one
by one from now on," he said.
Gaddafi also called on Libyans to take to the streets, saying conditions in Libya were "unbearable".
"I urge all Libyan people to go out and march in their millions in all
the squares, in all the cities and villages and oases," Gaddafi said.
"Go peacefully ... be courageous, rise up, go to the streets, raise our green flags to the skies," he added.
Gaddafi has been on the run since NTC forces captured the Libyan capital
Tripoli on Aug. 23. Despite several leads as to his whereabouts, he has
eluded capture, along with two prominent sons.
The NTC has mounted a manhunt to find Gaddafi that is focusing on the Sahara desert near the borders with Niger and Algeria.
Gaddafi said the NTC was illegitimate. "How did it get its legitimacy?
Did the Libyan people elect them? Did the Libyan people appoint them?"
Arrai TV broadcast Gaddafi's last speech on Sept. 20.