Libya’s Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa defects
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  • Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, one of Muammar Gaddafi’s closest advisers defected and flew to UK on March 30. It is believed that he defected because of attacks by Gaddafi’s forces on civilians. Koussa was the architect of a dramatic shift in Libya’s foreign policy that brought the country back to the international community after years of sanctions. Koussa is one of the most senior members of Gaddafi’s inner circle and it would be a major setback for Gaddafi. A British Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement that, “He travelled here under his own free will. He has told us he is resigning his post.” The Libyan government, however, has said that Koussa was travelling on a diplomatic mission and denied that he had defected from the government.1