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Gaddafi has until end of May for exile deal

Italian foreign minister reveals that with the International Criminal Court due to seek his arrest at the end of the month, his time is running out to leave Libya

AFP , Wednesday 11 May 2011
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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has until the end of May to agree his exile before an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court is issued, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday.

"There are countries that in recent weeks have indicated... a willingness to welcome him," Frattini said in an interview with RAI public radio.

"It's clear that if there is an international arrest warrant it would be more difficult to find an arrangement for the colonel and his family," he said."This will happen by the end of May," he added.

Frattini also said he believed there were "many defections" from the regime underway, adding: "This shows we have probably arrived at a turning point."

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