Saif al-Islam Gadhafi: Government will not destroy Libya Oilfields

Posted Feb 25, 2011 by Leo Reyes
The son of Libya's strongman Muammar Gadhaffi has denied reports that his father will destroy oil supply facilities in Libya in the wake of violent confrontation between government security forces and anti-government protesters.
Saif al-Islam Gadhaffi  son of Libya s strongman Muammar Gadhaffi
Saif al-Islam Gadhaffi, son of Libya's strongman Muammar Gadhaffi
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi told CNN-Turk on Friday, "We will never demolish the sources of oil. They belong to the people," Saif said in an interview translated from English into Turkish on the CNN-Turk website.
He said the Gaddafi family had no intention of fleeing Libya, and the government was in control of the west, south and centre of the country.
"We have plans A, B and C. Plan A is to live and die in Libya. Plan B is to live and die in Libya. Plan C is to live and die in Libya," Saif said.
Saif has downplayed anti-government protester's capability saying they only have few hundred men but have seized weapons from government including tanks and automatic weapons. He also described the protesters as terrorist groups
Mr. Gadhafi's son claimed Thursday that the number of people killed by government crackdowns on protesters has been exaggerated.
Saif is blaming the on-going civil unrest in Libya on tribal factions and Islamists acting on their own agendas, drunken and drugged. He promised reforms, and said the alternative would be civil war causing no trade, no oil money, and the country taken over by foreigners.
In 2008, Saif said he would no longer involve himself in state affairs and denied he was doing so because of disagreement with his father. He said he was in good terms with his father. He also rejected the notion he was to succeed his father.
But in recent events, Saif has been seen actively helping the regime in putting an end to the current political crises. He has appeared on state TV and made some announcements on the civil unrest that has turned violent in recent days.