Libyan diplomat quits Qaddafi regime

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CAIRO: Veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Treiki has resigned from official duties, Arab League sources in Cairo said on Sunday, the latest in a string of officials to abandon Moamer Qaddafi’s regime.

Treiki, a former foreign minister and UN General Assembly president up until December 2010, held talks on Sunday in Cairo with Arab League chief Amr Moussa but refused to make any press statements.

He has resigned his official duties as an adviser to Qaddafi but did not pledge allegiance to the rebels fighting to overthrow the Libyan regime, a league source said.

Treiki was ambassador to the United Nations until 2009 when he became president of the UN General Assembly. He also served as Libya’s ambassador to France, minister of African affairs, and foreign minister in the 1970s and again in the 1980s.

He is the second high profile official to resign this week, after the defection of foreign minister and Qaddafi regime stalwart Moussa Koussa.

Koussa arrived in Britain from Tunisia on Wednesday, dealing a major blow to the Libyan regime as it faced a Western-led aerial assault backed by a UN Security Council resolution authorizing the protection of civilians by all means.

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