Libya rebels commence oil export to Europe as Gaddafi pleads for mercy in letter to Obama

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Hillary Clinton: Snubs Gaddafi's letter
Libyan leader Colonel Mhamoud Gaddafi has written a passionate letter to President Barrack Obama pleading that Libya should be spared of further Military action and that the affairs of the nation should be left to the frame handling of the African Union (AU)

In the letter to US President , Gaddafi made a personal appeal for an end to the Western air campaign against his forces.

“To serving world peace … friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep NATO off the Libyan affair[s] for good,” the Associated Press quoted the letter as saying on Wednesday.

Gaddafi called on Obama to stop his “mistaken action,” and said, “Libya should be left to Libyans within the African Union frame.”

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton however rebuffed the appeal, stressing that the Libyan leader had to leave Libya.

“His forces need to withdraw from the cities that they have forcibly taken at great violence and human cost. There needs to be a decision made about his departure from power and … his departure from Libya,” Clinton said at a joint press briefing with her Italian counterpart Franco Frattini on Wednesday.

“So I don’t think there is any mystery about what is expected from Mr. Gaddafi at this time. That is an international assessment. And the sooner that occurs and the bloodshed ends, the better it will be for everyone,” she said, adding that Gaddafi “has lost legitimacy.”

In the letter presented on Wednesday, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi called for an end to airstrikes on his forces and addressed the American leader as “our son,” apparently referring to Mr. Obama’s African heritage.

Colonel Qaddafi also assured Mr. Obama that he has not taken the American military action personally, and even endorsed his campaign for reelection in 2012.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney however reminded reporters on Wednesday that the letter was “not the first,” from the Libyan leader to the American president.

In a previous letter sent on March 19, just before the first international airstrikes, Colonel Qaddafi assured Mr. Obama that “even if Libya and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will always remain my son.”

Colonel Qaddafi also referred to Mr. Obama as “a son” of Africa in a Webcast to an American audience in 2010 (embedded above).

Here, from The Associated Press, is the complete text of the Libyan leader’s latest letter (with unusual English spellings and grammar as in the original):

Our son, Excellency,

President Obama

U.S.A

We have been hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened. We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaigne.

You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action. I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that. Enough evidence is available, Bearing in mind that you are the president of the strongest power in the world nowadays, and since Nato is waging an unjust war against a small people of a developing country.

Mahmoud Gaddafi

This country had already been subjected to embargo and sanctions, furthermore it also suffered a direct military armed aggression during Reagan’s time. This country is Libya. Hence, to serving world peace … Friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep Nato off the Libyan affair for good.

As you know too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed member of AlQuaeda in Benghazi.

You — yourself — said on many occasions, one of them in the UN General Assembly, I was witness to that personally, that America is not responsible for the security of other peoples. That America helps only. This is the right logic.

Our dear son, Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, your intervention is the name of the U.S.A. is a must, so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair. Libya should be left to Libyans within the African union frame. The problem now stands as follows:-

1. There is Nato intervention politically as well as military.

2. Terror conducted by AlQaueda gangs that have been armed in some cities, and by force refused to allow people to go back to their normal life, and carry on with exercising their social people’s power as usual.

Mu’aumer Qaddaffi

Leader of the Revolution

Tripoli 5.4.2011
While it is not certain that Colonel Qaddafi wrote the letter himself, he does speak some English, as he demonstrated in this 1969 interview, conducted one month after he seized power in a military coup (a French voice-over covers the questions but not his answers)
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Oil Tanker now sailing from East Libya to Europe
However, as Gaddafis letter was being treated with derison, the rebels commenced unofficial exportation of oil as a shipment of oil worth $100 million has set sail for international markets from the eastern city of Tobruk, an Arabian Gulf Oil Company official confirmed on Thursday.

The Greek-owned, Liberian-registered tanker had been sailing carrying one of the first consignments of oil from rebel territory since coalition air strikes began on March 19 allegedly destined to Quata. Part of the proceeds, it is reported will finance the rebels causes.

Among the nations already stretching out hands of comradeship in the oil deal as the rebels seek for mopre legalized approval by international communities are Britain, France, Italy and Qatar who may major markets for the rebel’s oil.

Reports claimed World oil prices eased on Thursday following reports of the first Libya rebels oil exports, from the rebel controlled Tobruk on its way to Europe.