koussaLibya's highest-profile defector Moussa Koussa has arrived in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar ahead of a meeting of the Libyan contact group Wednesday.
Before leaving the UK, to which the former Libyan foreign minister and long-time intelligence chief defected last month, Koussa told the BBC he was concerned the situation in Libya was devolving into a Somalia-style civil war.
"The solution...will come from the Libyans themselves through discussion and democratic dialogue," Koussa told the BBC, urging the parties to avoid a protracted conflict.
Koussa is due to meet with Libyan opposition representatives in Qatar, which is hosting Wednesday's meeting of the international contact group on Libya.
The Financial Times reported that UK officials saw the trip as an opportunity for Koussa to deepen his ties with the Libyan rebel opposition umbrella group, the transitional or interim National Council, which is based in the eastern Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
"The more representative of Libya that the [interim national council] are, the more broadly aligned they are, the less regional they are, the better that is for them," a British official told the paper. "There is therefore merit in them extending their base to get together with Moussa Koussa. But the INC will do so on their terms and we are not setting the agenda for them."Read More »from Libya’s Moussa Koussa arrives in Qatar