From the BBC:
18 September 2011 Last updated at 09:12 GMT
Tony Blair twice met Gaddafi for talks as peace envoy
What a joke … warmonger Blair as “peace envoy”. Very recently, ex-Gadaffi crony Tony Blair has called for even more war after the bloody Libyan war, in Iran and Syria.
Tony Blair visited Libya for talks with Col Muammar Gaddafi in 2008 and 2009, his spokesman has confirmed.
These two, so far secret, meetings, come on top of other Blair-Gadaffi meetings, already known.
Papers found in Tripoli show the ex-PM used the ousted leader’s private jet to attend, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
Mr Blair apparently did not mention the visits on websites publicising his activities as Middle East peace envoy.
Talks focused on African politics. The Lockerbie bomber‘s status was raised but Mr Blair stressed it was a case for Scotland’s leaders, his spokesman said.
At the time, Libya was threatening to sever commercial links with Britain if Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was not released from the Scottish prison where he was held for killing 270 people in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight.
He was eventually freed from his life sentence on health grounds in August 2009 – four months after Mr Blair visited Libya – after the Scottish Executive was advised Megrahi had just three months to live.
Megrahi remains alive but is said to be seriously ill with prostate cancer.
‘Delighted and grateful’
The Sunday Telegraph said the documents showed Mr Blair negotiated to fly to Tripoli from Sierra Leone in west Africa in a jet provided by Col Gaddafi.
It said one June 2008 letter, sent on notepaper headed Office of the Quartet Representative – Mr Blair‘s title as peace envoy – was sent to the Libyan ambassador to the UK.
“Mr Blair is delighted that The Leader is likely to be able to see him during the afternoon of 10 June and he is most grateful that the Libyan authorities have kindly offered an aircraft to take him from Freetown to Tripoli and back to London,” it stated.
Details of the 2009 meeting are contained in an exchange of emails between Mr Blair‘s events organiser and the former British ambassador to Libya, in which accommodation and transport are discussed, the newspaper said.
How rich is Tony Blair? Here.
Western multinationals enabled Qaddafi’s suppression of Libyans: here.
Concern About Violence Against African Migrants in Libya: here.
NATO steps up bombing, killing hundreds, as Libyan “rebel” offensive stalls: here.
Amnesty International has urged European states providing military support to belligerents in Libya to offer a lifeline to the thousands of refugees who have been made homeless by the ongoing war: here.
Why is Blair the peace envoy so desperate for war with Iran? Here.
Cherie Blair came under fire today over rumoured plans to squeeze cash from the Con-Dems’ NHS shake-up: here.
Battles turn into stalemate
Libya: Supporters of ousted leader Muammar Gadaffi repeatedly fought off Nato-backed forces seeking to seize the towns of Bani Walid and Sirte over the weekend.
The stalemate raised fears that the oil-rich African country is headed for a protracted, bloody insurgency.
Gadaffi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told Syria-based al-Rai TV that the fighters “have the ability to continue this resistance for months.”
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Tuesday 1st September 2015
posted by Paddy McGuffin in Britain
TONY Blair could be hauled before MPs to respond to allegations that he was part of an effort to save Muammar Gadaffi during the 2011 military intervention in Libya.
In a new biography of David Cameron, it is claimed that Mr Blair approached Downing Street to say that he had been contacted by “a key individual close to Gadaffi” and that he wanted to “cut a deal.”
According to the book, Mr Cameron decided not to follow up the approach because he wanted to avoid “doing anything which might be seen to give the Libyan leader succour.”
Mr Gadaffi was later killed by rebel fighters on the streets of Sirte.
Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the Libya campaign, indicated it was likely to ask Mr Blair to come and explain his involvement.
It said Mr Blair would also be able to provide information about the policies his government had pursued previously, when he oversaw a controversial rapprochement with Mr Gadaffi in 2004.
This “deal in the desert” has been linked by human-rights groups to Britain’s involvement in the kidnap and rendition of Gadaffi opponents to Tripoli, where they were jailed and tortured.
Legal action charity Reprieve is suing the British government and MI6 over their involvement in the rendition of Libyan dissidents Abdel Hakim Belhaj, Sami al-Saadi and their families to Tripoli in 2004.
Committee chairman Crispin Blunt said: “Any inquiry would have to have a look at that, and then the suggestion that he made an intervention during the course of 2011 certainly strengthens the case for having him come and give evidence.”