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Gadhafi tells Greek PM west should not meddle in Libya

In a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou late on Tuesday, Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi warned the West not to intervene in his country?s affairs as clashes between his forces and pro-democracy rebels intensify.

“Greece is a friend of Libya and can pass on this piece of advice to the European Union,» Jana news agency quoted Gadhafi as telling Papandreou, according to Agence France-Presse.

Gadhafi, who made the call to Papandreou, apparently warned that ?any violation of Libya’s security or stability would necessarily have dire consequences for the security in north Africa, the Mediterranean rim and Europe?.

Papandreou reportedly reminded the Libyan leader of the significance of the recent United Nations Security Council resolution which imposed sanctions on the north African country and referred events to the International Criminal Court amid fears of indiscriminate killings as security forces attempt to re-establish control.

The Greek premier is said to have stressed the need to resolve the situation in Libya to avoid a worsening humanitarian crisis or a possible civil war.

Ghadafi?s warning came as NATO and European Union official are to meet in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the upheaval in the north African country.

Papandreou?s father, Andreas, established close links with Ghadafi and other north African leaders during his time as prime minister in the 1980s.

Greece traditionally maintains good relations with the Arab world and Papandreou recently planned a trip to Egypt for talks with Hosni Mubarak shortly before he stood down. The trip was cancelled at the last minute.