Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday repeated his accusation that foreigners are behind the violence being waged against his 41-year rule.
Gaddafi addressed supporters at a meeting in Tripoli in a speech broadcast on state television. He said that foreign forces and Al Qaeda were recruiting and brainwashing youngsters to fight with the rebels and vowed to liberate cities held by them. He also accused Western powers, especially France and Britain, of concocting an imperialist plot to colonise Libya.
It was a veiled reference to the news that French and British diplomats are drafting a UN Security Council resolution to impose a no-fly zone above the North African country.
Gaddafi’s speech came after the rebel National Libyan Council gave him a 72-hour deadline to resign.
But the 68-year old was in typically defiant mood and showed no signs of planning to step down any time soon.