INTERVIEW-Libya plans full offensive against rebels-Gaddafi son

Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:29pm GMT
 

TRIPOLI, March 10 (Reuters) - Libya is preparing full-scale military action to crush a rebellion and will not surrender even if Western powers intervene in the conflict, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, said on Thursday.

"It's time for liberation. It's time for action. We are moving now," he told Reuters in an English-language interview.

Asked if the government was preparing to step up its military campaign, he said: "Time is out now. It's time for action...We gave them two weeks (for negotiations)."

"We will never ever give up. We will never ever surrender. This is our country. We fight here in Libya. The Libyan people, we will never ever welcome NATO, we will never ever welcome Americans here. Libya is not a piece of cake." (Reporting by Michael Georgy and Maria Golovnina, editing by Tim Pearce)

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