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Portugal sends message to Kadhafi – ‘regime is over’

Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado on Thursday said he had sent a message to Moamer Kadhafi through a Tripoli envoy saying: “The Kadhafi regime is over”.

Amado, who in Lisbon the previous day met a Kadhafi envoy in a hotel for what he described as an “informal” encounter, said on arriving in Brussels for talks with his 26 European Union counterparts:

“The message I sent was that the Kadhafi regime in our view is over, it’s legitimacy is over”.

Amado, whose country chairs the United Nations sanctions committee, said he had also met the same day with members of the Libyan opposition to Kadhafi.