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NATO eyeing Libya’s riches?

Published time: September 01, 2011 23:33
Edited time: September 02, 2011 12:21

An image grab taken from the Syrian-based Arrai television shows a picture of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi as he allegedly gives an audio message from an undisclosed location on September 1, 2011 (AFP Photo / Arrai Television)

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Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accused foreign powers of eyeing Libya's oil and natural resources – and he has found at least one sympathetic ear in US presidential candidate Stewart Alexander.

­“The oil should be there [in Libya] for the benefit of the Libyan people, not for those multinational organizations,” Alexander told RT.

On Thursday, leaders and envoys from 60 nations and world bodies, including the UN and NATO, met in Paris for talks with Libya's rebel-led National Transitional Council to discuss Libya's future after Gaddafi's ouster.

The US presidential candidate says that NATO has interests beyond simply rebuilding war-torn Libya.

“NATO forces are in the process of determining how they are going to divide the spoils –and that is the spoils of the oil,” Alexander said.

The Libération newspaper has recently published a document apparently signed by the NTC suggesting it had agreed in April to a deal giving France priority access to 35 percent of Libya’s crude oil, in exchange for its "total and permanent support." However, the NTC called the report “a joke.”

“I think right now the commanders, the NATO commanders, and also officials here in the US, they must be held accountable for that violation [of international law] and criminal actions against the Libyan government,” Alexander declared.