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UN resolution invalid, says Gaddafi

Muammar Gaddafi says the UN resolution authorising international military intervention in Libya is "invalid".

The Libyan leader says he sent a message to President Barack Obama defending his decision to attack rebel cities: "If you found them taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do."

The statement came from the government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli.

Gaddafi also sent a letter to the French and British leaders, and the UN secretary general, saying the resolution violates the UN charter and saying they would "regret" any intervention.

"Libya is not for you, Libya is for the Libyans," he said.

His comments came as Libyan rebels shot down a warplane that was bombing their eastern stronghold.

A reporter saw the plane go down in flames outside Benghazi early on Saturday, sending up a black cloud of smoke after the city came under attack. The sound of artillery and crackling gunfire was heard in the distance.

Trying to outmanoeuvre Western military intervention, Col Gaddafi's government declared a ceasefire on Friday as the rebel uprising faltered against his artillery, tanks and warplanes.

But the opposition said shells rained down well after the announcement and accused the Libyan leader of lying.

Wary of the ceasefire, Britain and France took the lead in plans to enforce a no-fly zone, sending British warplanes to the Mediterranean and announcing a crisis summit in Paris with the UN and Arab allies.


From Belfast Telegraph