Latest update: 30/03/2011
- diplomacy - Libya - Muammar Gaddafi - Popular revolt - UK
March 30 blog: Gaddafi's counter-offensive reverses rebels' gains
Intensive counter-attacks by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi forced rebels to retreat from several key towns they had previously captured. The Libyan foreign ministry rebuked a French suggestion to consider arming rebels.
- Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in the UK late Wednesday and has resigned from Muammar Gaddafi's government, the British government said. Koussa travelled under “his own free will,” said a British government spokesman.
- Troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pounded rebels in eastern Libya on Wednesday. Heavy shelling is reported in the key oil port of Brega, a day after rebels were forced to retreat from Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf.
- France, US and the UK have said that the possibility of arming Libyan rebels has not been ruled out, although Russia is strongly opposed to the idea. Libya's foreign ministry said such a move would violate United Nations resolutions and be tantamount to aiding "terorrists".
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed his nation and blamed the wave of unrest there on "conspirators". It was his first public address since unprecedented demonstrations erupted two weeks ago.
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