Libyan foreign minister defects, arrives in Britain

Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:41pm GMT
 

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) - Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa arrived in Britain on Wednesday to seek refuge after quitting the government in protest against leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces attacks on civilians, a friend told Reuters.

"He has defected from the regime," said Noman Benotman, a friend and senior analyst at Britain's Quilliam think tank.

"He wasn't happy at all. He doesn't support the government attacks on civilians," he said.

"He's seeking refuge in Britain and hopes he will be treated well," Benotman said.

Koussa is one of Gaddafi's key officials and the architect of a dramatic shift in Libya's foreign policy that brought the country back to the international community after years of sanctions. (Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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