Libya admits Mussa Kussa's defection
Libya's government on Thursday shrugged off the departure of foreign minister Mussa Kussa, saying Moamer Kadhafi's regime "does not depend on individuals," in its first admission of the defection.
"This is a struggle for the whole nation. It's not dependant on individuals or officials" regardless of their ranking, government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told reporters.
"I'm not confirming anything... silence is our weapon," he said.
Asked whether colonel Kadhafi and his children are still in Libya, he said: "Be assured, we are all here. We will all be here until the end. It is our country. We are strong on all fronts."
Kussa arrived at Farnborough Airfield, west of London, from Tunisia on Wednesday, after he resigned and travelled "under his own free will," according to Britain's Foreign Office.
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