Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on Wednesday warned his people will fight back if world powers try to enforce a no-fly zone over the country’s skies.
Gaddafi told Turkey’s TRT channel that the West only wanted to take action so it could seize control of Libyan oil production.
He also claimed that if he stepped down, it would leave a power vaccum to be filled by al Qaeda.
“We are the ones preventing al Qaeda from taking control. They would drag the whole region into chaos,” he said.
Diplomats from Britain and France are currently drafting a UN Security Council resolution to set up a no-fly zone.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said such a move should have United Nations approval and should not be led by Washington.
However, fellow permanent Security Council members China and Russia oppose foreign intervention in Libya.