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Libya: US Envoy in Benghazi, Rebels Criticize NATO

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U.S. diplomat Christopher Stevens held contacts with the Libyan opposition on Wednesday to discuss their logistic and financial needs, while rebels criticized the NATO military campaign as insufficient.

The meeting of the former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli with leaders of the National Transition Council confirmed U.S. actions on the ground to speed up the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Sources from the NTC, the organization created by Gaddafi opponents and headquartered in Benghazi, told reporters that Stevens showed interest in the type of the political system they plan to install in the country, in a hypothetical stage of victory over the regular Army.

However, while this contact took place for committing financial and weapons aid, Libyan military deserters continued training civilians in war tactics and the use of weapons.

The presence of the U.S. envoy in Benghazi, which he entered from Egypt according to sources, brought optimism to the rebels in relation to what Washington calls “non-lethal support,” despite the fact that it is studying how to get around the embargo of weapons to Libya.

Meanwhile, the military chief of the rebellion in Libya, Abdel Fattah Younes, expressed on Tuesday his dissatisfaction with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after rebels lost control of Brega, (eastern Libya), and they continue to be at a disadvantage in Misratah (western Libya).

(Prensa Latina)

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