Libyan plane landed in Paris: official

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A Libyan government plane landed in Paris on Wednesday night, a Western official told AFP, amid reports Moamer Kadhafi was sending emissaries to Europe.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Falcon 900 touched down in Paris ahead of pivotal talks Thursday in Brussels among EU foreign ministers and NATO defence chiefs over the crisis in Libya.

Despite speculation Kadhafi was sending envoys to Brussels, "they've not initiated any phone call" to NATO, said the official.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said the Libyan regime "is moving towards contact" with the international community and a senior aide to Kadhafi arrived in Cairo.

On Wednesday, another plane belonging to Libya's embattled leader crossed Greek airspace en route to Egypt, a Greek defense ministry source said.

Confirmation of a Libyan plane arriving in Paris came as France announced it would recognise Libya's opposition national council and said it would send an ambassador to the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

© 2011 AFP

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