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Gadhafi Son Vows Fight Until Death

August 31, 2011

VOA News

One of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons told a Syrian television station late Wednesday that he is in the suburbs outside Tripoli and that his father "is fine."

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi vowed that he and other family members will fight until death and said nobody will surrender. He told the pro-Gadhafi al-Rai television station that morale among loyalist fighters is high.

The defiant audio statement was broadcast shortly after another comment by his brother, al-Saadi, who said he is ready to mediate talks with anti-Gadhafi forces in order to stop the bloodshed.

Meanwhile, European Union diplomats say sanctions against several Libyan ports, oil companies and more than a dozen other entities could be lifted as soon as Friday.

The EU's 27 members reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday in an effort to help Libya's Transitional National Council [TNC] resume normal economic activity. Diplomats say they expect a final agreement on Thursday.

France has asked the sanctions committee of the United Nations Security Council to allow Paris to release more than $2 billion of frozen Libyan assets.

The sanctions committee already has approved similar appeals by Britain and the United States, releasing a total of more than $3 billion in seized Libyan assets to address urgent humanitarian needs.

In Libya, thousands celebrated the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Tripoli's main square, as the country's provisional authorities pressed for the surrender of forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte.

Countries participating in the international Contact Group on Libya will meet Thursday in Paris to discuss ways to help Libyans now that the TNC has gained control over most of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among those who will attend the talks, and officials from Russia and China said Wednesday they also will send envoys.

Additionally, Italy announced on Wednesday that it plans to reopen its embassy in Tripoli this week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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