Muammar Gaddafi might be hiding in the triangle area in southwestern Libya that borders Niger and Algeria, National Transitional Council (NTC) member Moussa al-Koni (1st L) said at a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 10, 2011. He called on the international community to resort to helicopters and unmanned jets in searching for Gaddafi in the region, due to the lack of technical capabilities of the Tuareg military. .Al-Koni, who represents the Tuareg minority in the council.
Mousa Al-Koni, the former Libyan diplomat representing the Tuareg community, fled to Paris where he called the Tuareg to fight Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, is “a fraud”, said elected officials in northern Mali .
Consul General of Libya in Mali since 2005, Mr. Al-Koni, who left quietly Bamako to Paris on 1 March and announced his resignation is “a liar, an opportunist,” said Abdul Salam, president of the Regional Assembly Kidal (north-eastern Mali).
“It was he who sent in the north (of Mali) 150 million FCFA (about three million) for the recruitment drive for Touareg to fight in the ranks of Kadhafi. after disappearing with the largest amount of the transaction, he changes his jacket, “he accused.
Another elected northern Mali, Bajan Ag Hamatou, Member of Parliament Menaka (north), which is also one of the leaders of the League of the Great Sahara Tribes, structure set up by Gaddafi, had accused Mr. Al-Koni to have “always delayed the settlement of problems of the Tuareg” in Mali.
“Today, it stands up to say he wants to defend the cause touareg. this gentleman represents only himself,”
These same elected officials had claimed that the Libyan regime, facing a popular uprising, recruited hundreds of Tuareg from Mali and Niger, including former rebels, which they had expressed concern, fearing that when they return, they destabilize again their countries.
In an interview with AFP produced in Paris, Moussa Al-Koni asked Touareg “in adhering” to the people of Libya “to fight Muammar Gaddafi.”
Nomadic community of about 1.5 million people, the Tuareg are divided between Niger, Mali, Algeria, Libya and Burkina Faso.