Libya's 'exiled prince' hails UN resolution

18th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Muhammad al-Senussi, the heir apparent to Libya's overthrown monarch, on Friday praised the UN Security Council for adopting a resolution backing military action against Moamer Kadhafi.

"The UN's resolution to protect the civilians of Libya is the greatest news that our nation has heard for decades," Senussi said in a statement received by AFP.

"The international community's commitment to help us achieve peace and freedom in Libya will succeed, and I hope and pray that this day will be soon.

"Kadhafi, his family and his regime must go now as their iron like grip over Libya is finished."

Senussi has lived in exile in Britain since 1988, 19 years after Kadhafi overthrew his great-uncle, King Idris, and his father, the crown prince, in a coup and held the royal family under house arrest.

The "crown prince" has previously said a return to power is not his aim.

"I am in support of all Libyan tribes and groups, including the national transitional council in Benghazi, as long as they continue to act in the best interests of the Libyan people, and they all need immediate help from overseas governments," he said earlier this month.

© 2011 AFP

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