Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi has delivered a new recorded audio message describing events in the country as a “farce”.
Despite the advances made by the new government’s forces, he told a Syrian-based TV station that NATO bombs would not last.
The political system in Libya is based on the power of the people and cannot be removed, he said.
However Libya’s interim government says its forces have made a new breakthrough in the southern desert. It claims they have seized the airport and fort at Sabha which, along with Bani Walid and Sirte, is one of the last bastions where Gaddafi loyalists are still resisting.
“We will work together with the legitimate international forces who are monitoring the situation on the ground near Bani Walid, until the city is completely liberated,” said National Transitional Council spokesman Ahmed Bani.
On the eastern front one commander has predicted they will be in Sirte in two or three days. Currently government forces are said to be about 30 kilometres away.
In contrast, progress in the battle for Bani Walid is said to be slow.
Meanwhile in New York, the US and its allies are discussing a post-Gaddafi future. The National Transitional Council is also present and its head, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, is due to meet President Obama.
France has talked of the beginning of a new phase with an increased role for the UN.