Ex-Libyan minister sees no compromise

March 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A former member of Moammar Gadhafi's Cabinet said Sunday the embattled Libyan dictator would not compromise with the opposition demanding his ouster.

Ali Errishi said there would be no middle ground for Gadhafi, who preferred a fight to the end.

"This is a man who has shown that there's only one choice for Libyan people. Either I rule you or I kill you," Errishi said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Errishi, who resigned as immigration minister two weeks ago, said that while it appeared a few years ago that Libya might be opening up to the rest of the world, that progress was an illusion.

"We sort of put our finger on the pulse of our people," he said. "And there was a need for reform."

Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told CNN he agreed there would be no end to the violence as long as Gadhafi was in power. He proposed reaching out to the tribes that support him and win over their support for a new government.

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