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Libyan official flies to Cairo w/ message from Gadhafi

March 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A high-ranking member of the Libyan government flew to Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday morning, saying he has a message from Moammar Gadhafi.

An Egyptian army official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Maj. Gen Abdul-Rahman bin Ali al-Saiid al-Zawi, the head of Libya's logistics and supply authority, was asking to meet Egypt's military rulers.

There have been no public contacts between the Libyan regime and Egypt's ruling generals since the Libyan uprising broke out on Feb. 15, and there have been no known government-related flights during that time.

There is international talk of a no-fly zone to help put a stop to the violence against the Libyan people. Most in the Obama administration are against any no-fly zone, saying the decision must come from the United Nations.

The two sides in Libya traded barrages of artillery shells and rockets Wednesday afternoon about 12 miles west of the oil port of Ras Lanouf, an indication that regime forces were much closer than previously known to that city. Ras Lanouf is the westernmost point seized by rebels moving along the country's main highway on the Mediterranean coast.

Gahdafi is telling his people any military intervention would prove the West is interested in only Libya's oil, not its people.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.