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Asked whether the Prime Minister had discussed Libya in his video conference with other world leaders, the PMS said the process of stabilisation had been discussed. Asked for clarification of statements on the death of Gaddafi, the PMS said that the Defence Secretary had said that a convoy had tried to break out of Sirte early yesterday morning. Surveillance intelligence was that the convoy contained senior military leaders, they were attacking civilians and they were therefore a legitimate NATO target. He added that there had been a strike and damage to the convoy vehicles before free Libyan fighters had moved in. He said that after that it was not clear what had happened.

Asked if there should be an investigation, the PMS said that it was for the National Transitional Council to clarify the circumstances of Gadaffi’s death. Asked if the RAF had been involved in the strike on the convoy, the PMS said it was understood British aircraft had been in the air over Libya yesterday but that there had been no strike sorties. Asked if the Government knew Gaddafi had been in the convoy, the PMS said the Defence Secretary had said there had been intelligence that there were senior military leaders in the convoy.

Asked if the Prime Minister felt British businesses should be given preferential treatment for contracts in Libya compared with businesses from countries not involved in air strikes, the PMS said British businesses would be able to win contracts on their own terms. Asked if NATO missions over Libya would be brought to an end, the PMS said the issue would be discussed by NATO that day. Asked if NATO had given instructions to free Libya fighters as to what they should do if they saw Colonel Gaddafi, the PMS said the UN had expressed a view on this issue. The UN resolution stated that Libya’s former leaders should be prosecuted. He added that the Defence Secretary had also said that he thought Gaddafi should have been brought to trial and forced to answer for his actions.

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