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France says Gaddafi''s statement against Sarkozy silly

PARIS, July 15 (KUNA) -- France on Friday termed as "silly" Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's statement in which he accused French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a war criminal.
Gaddafi's "statements are silly and reflect the isolation surrounding this dictator who is still committing massacres against the Libyan people and he has no choice but to withdraw" from power, foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Romain Nadal was answering a question in a briefing.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants against Gaddafi and two officials of his regime for committing crimes against humanity, noted Nadal.
Gaddafi made the statement on the eve of a meeting of the international contact group on Libya, which took place in Istanbul earlier today and fully recognized the opposition Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
The contact group over Libya, which was formed in Britain late last March, consists of all countries taking part in the NATO-led air campaign against Gaddafi's regime as sanctioned by UN resolution 1973. (end) tm.bs KUNA 151956 Jul 11NNNN