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Gaddafi slams London reaction
Sun Apr 1, 2007 1:29AM
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday strongly criticized Britain's reaction to the seizure of sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf for trespassing Iranian territorial waters.


"This British reaction means that Iraq has become a British colony and Iraq's territorial waters have become British waters," said
Gaddafi.

Addressing Tuareg and other tribal leaders in the central Niger town of Agadez, Gaddafi did not clarify whether he backed Iran's position on the issue but said foreign colonization is against Islam.

"Colonization is the enemy of Islam, enemy of Arabs and enemy of Persians," he stressed.

Tehran says it seized the naval personnel on March 23 because they strayed into Iranian waters while Britain claims they were inside Iraqi territory.

The Libyan leader flew on Friday to Agadez to lead mass prayers to mark the birthday of Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). He attended similar prayers last year in Mali as part of his drive to expand Libya's influence in Africa.

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