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Algeria denies that 'Gaddafi crossed border'

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Algeria denies that 'Gaddafi crossed border'


Algeria has strongly denied reports stating that Colonel Gaddafi and his sons may have entered the country on Friday in a convoy of cars.

The Foreign Ministry says Algeria has been the victim of a stream of false information for months.

The official Egyptian news agency Mena quoted a rebel source as saying that Gaddafi may have been in a convoy of armour-plated Mercedes cars seen crossing the border to Ghadames.

But one Algerian journalist believes it is plausible that Algeria might take in Gaddafi.

“Algeria has had close relations with Gaddafi’s regime,” Faysal Metaoui of Elwatan newspaper told euronews from Algiers.

“Let’s say that the current President Bouteflika, who was foreign minister in the 1960s and 70s, had very good links with Libyan leaders. If Gaddafi seeks refuge in Algeria, I believe that it’s highly possible that it will agree to it. So Algeria will help Gaddafi’s regime in one way or another, to save him from international justice.

“Algerian diplomacy still behaves as it did during the cold war. It can’t admit that things are changing and that there is upheaval and that history is being made across the Maghreb. I believe that the Algerian authorities fear the revolution will be exported. President Bouteflika, who belongs to an old political class, fears that things are moving and changing within the country.”

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