Libya rebel forces appeal for weapons from West

A Libyan rebel leader urged the West to supply planes and anti-tank missiles.

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 00:54 AM IST

Brussels: A Libyan rebel leader urged the West on Thursday to supply helicopters and anti-tank missiles to
insurgents, warning Moammer Gaddafi could resort to mustard
gas in a desperate bid to stay in power.

Abdulfatah Younis, a former Kadhafi interior minister
now a leader of the rebel armed forces, pleaded for arms
during a visit to Brussels to garner support from the European
Union and NATO.

"Gaddafi is desperate now. Unfortunately he still has
about 25 percent of his chemical weapons, which maybe he will
use since he`s in a desperate situation," Younis told a news
conference.
"So we have to stop him. We have to cooperate to stop
him," he said.
After working by Kadhafi`s side for 42 years until
switching sides this year, Younis dubbed the Libyan strongman
an "arrogant man" who "never accepts retreat" and would likely
battle to his death after refusing to go into exile.

"He will fight up to the final drop of his blood," he
said. "He refused all the chances (to leave Libya). Most
probably he will be killed or commit suicide."

Younis urged the United Nations to force Kadhafi to
stop his siege of Misrata, the sole rebel-held city in the
west where children were being forced to drink sewerage water.

NATO should hit regime forces stationed on the outskirts,
where it is now "easier to hit them."

"I beg civil society and the UN to force Kadhafi to
leave Misrata by all the means. And NATO has all the
capabilities to do that, to save these children in Misrata
from a dark future," he said.

NATO said the representative of the opposition
Transitional National Council had requested to meet with the
alliance in Brussels, but Younis and NATO officials refused to
say who he would meet.

Younis said the talks would be about how to protect
civilians and the future of Libya. "I am optimistic that they
will understand everything. And they will give all the
necessary arrangements we need," he said, refusing to
elaborate.

Bureau Report