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Burkina Faso does not want Gaddafi

Posted on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 13:16

Burkina Faso has rejected claims made on Tuesday that the embattled former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, will be granted exile in the West African country.

Muammar Gaddafi will not find refuge in Burkina Faso, contrary to claims made by some media entities on Tuesday. Burkina Faso does not want “to create problems for itself” by granting asylum to the former Libyan dictator.

The West African country “completely” refuted granting asylum to the former Libyan strongman.

“We can not grant him asylum because for three years we were not on very good terms with him,” said Alain Edouard Traore, Minister of Communication and Burkinabe government spokesman.

Traore argues that Burkina Faso has a responsibility to “respect” the international community.

“We don’t see why we should take that risk, and create problems for ourselves,” said the minister.

Speculation was rife over negotiations with France to host Muammar Gaddafi. “The issue of Gaddafi’s coming has not been discussed” replied the minister who also noted that the question is not open for discussion.

“We are not expecting Gaddafi”

Burkina Faso also said it was not aware of the arrival of a convoy of civilian and military vehicles from Libya via Niger, which may be carrying the “Libyan Guide.”

According to eyewitness reports some 200 cars crossed Niger Tuesday, while several sources have also claimed that they were headed towards the capital, Niamey.

The information has been confirmed by Libyan authorities who say that the convoy might be carrying either Muammar Gaddafi or one of his sons.

Nonetheless, Alain Edouard Traoré is categorical. Burkina Faso is “not expecting Gaddafi!”.

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