Russian official says spoke to Libya's Gaddafi

MOSCOW Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:35am EDT

MOSCOW Aug 23 (Reuters) - Russian chess federation chief Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said on Tuesday Muammar Gaddafi had told him by telephone that he was still in Tripoli, alive and well, and had no plans to leave the city.

Ilyumzhinov, who has visited Libya during the NATO bombing campaign and met Gaddafi, said the leader's eldest son Mohammad had called him by telephone on Tuesday afternoon.

"He gave the phone to his father, who said that he is in Tripoli, he is alive and healthy and is prepared to fight to the end," Ilyumzhinov told Reuters by telephone. (Reporting by Thomas Grove, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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