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Gaddafi's daughter denies reports about her bid to flee

world Updated: Feb 25, 2011 20:45 IST
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Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's daughter Aisha has dismissed reports that she tried to flee to Malta in the wake of an unprecedented revolt against her father's 41-year authoritarian rule, as one of her brothers vowed that his family will "live and die" in the country.

"I would like to say to the Libyan men and women who I love and love me, who know me well, that I am steadfastly here. In fact this demonstrates to the Libyan people the extent of lies and forgery these channels are resorting to in their reporting," she said on state TV.

Her comments came in response to reports that a Libyan plane carrying her had been turned back from Malta after it was denied permission to land.

"I was surprised when my friends told me about this report," Aisha, the only daughter of Gaddafi, was quoted as saying on the state TV by Al-Jazeera.

On Wednesday, Aisha was dropped by the UN Development Programme as a goodwill ambassador amid a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the agreement with Aisha had been terminated under Article 30 of the UN Guidelines for the Designation of Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace.

The article says that the designation will be terminated if the "messenger of peace or goodwill ambassador engages in any activity incompatible with his/her status or with the purposes and principles of the United Nations, or if the termination is in the interest of the Organisation."

Aisha was appointed as the goodwill ambassador of Libya on July 24, 2009 to address the issues of HIV/AIDS and violence against women in Libya, both culturally sensitive topics in the country.

Separately, one of Gaddafi's sons said that his family would "live and die in Libya."

Asked if his family had a "plan B" in the face of the growing unrest and preparing to leave the country, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi told a Turkish television station: "We have Plan A, Plan B and Plan C."

"Plan A is to live and die in Libya, Plan B is to live and die in Libya, Plan C is to live and die in Libya," he said in the interview conducted by CNN-Turk.