Sarkozy has 'gone mad': Kadhafi

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

My "good friend" French President Nicolas Sarkozy has "gone mad," Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said in a defiant interview with German television due to be broadcast later Tuesday.

"He is my friend but I think he has gone mad. He is suffering from a psychological illness," Kadhafi told RTL, according to excerpts from the interview published in German.

"That is what people say who are close to him. His aides say that he is suffering from a psychological illness."

France recently called for air strikes against Kadhafi's forces and moved to recognize the opposition as sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Kadhafi described the recent upheavals in his country as a "minor event" that will soon end, putting the number of those killed at "only 150 or 200 ... and half of them were from the security forces."

"They were killed when police stations were stormed. Show us the thousands of people who are supposed to have died," RTL quoted him as saying.

"There have been no demonstrations in Libya. Al-Qaeda don't do protests, they never do them. Osama bin Laden's armed bands and mercenaries in the east will be destroyed and everything will go back to normal.

"In most of the country everything is normal. Everything is calm."

He also said he no longer trusts the West -- except Germany.

"We don't trust their ambassadors any more, they have conspired against us. We don't trust their firms," he said.

"We are going to invest in Russia, India and China now. That's where our money is going to be invested. Oil contracts will now go to Russian, Chinese and Indian firms.

"You can forget about the West!"

© 2011 AFP

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