Libya minister`s exit could be tipping point: Straw
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 14:57
London: Britain's former foreign secretary says the resignation of Libya's foreign minister could be a "tipping point" for Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Britain's government said on Wednesday that Moussa Koussa had arrived in Britain and was resigning from his post — a point the Libyan government denied.

Speaking to BBC radio on Thursday, Jack Straw said Koussa's apparent defection "will be a very important factor in just adding to the weight against the Gaddafi regime and tipping the balance against him”.

Libya's justice and interior ministers resigned early in the conflict and joined the rebels fighting in the east. Koussa's move would be the first high-profile resignation since the US-led air strikes on Libyan forces began.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 14:57

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