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No.45 Tolidi Germany urges Qadhafi's surrender

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Aug 22, IRNA -- The German government on Monday called on Libyan dictator Moammar Qadhafi to surrender, as western-backed rebel fighters close in on his compound in Tripoli.

Talking at a routine weekly press briefing in Berlin, chancellery spokesman
Steffen Seibert said the end of the Qadhafi regime was near.

He made clear that Qadhafi's attempts to cling on to power would only result in more death and destruction.

Seibert reiterated Qadhafi had lost any legitimacy to lead his war-stricken country.

He urged a swift, peaceful and democratic change of power in Libya.

Qadhafi vowed Sunday evening not to surrender as rebels pushed deeper into the capital Tripoli.

'I am with you in Tripoli. No retreat or surrender at all,' the embattled Libyan ruler said reportedly in an audio message to his supporters, his second in less than 24 hours.

'All arms warehouses will be opened to provide the masses with weapons,' he added in his address broadcast on state television.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30530391

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