* Botswana severs diplomatic relations with Libya
* Four Batswana said to be stuck in Libya
* Gaddafi defiant, unremorseful - Botswana
The government has cut diplomatic relations with the Libyan government over the violent massacre of protesters in the North African country, Mmegi is informed.
In an interview with Mmegi yesterday Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Tshenolo Modise said government took the decision to terminate diplomatic relations out of the realisation "that the leader of Libya (Muammar Gaddafi) was not remorseful and made defiant pronouncements despite the violence visited on people," she said.
She said that in the past 24 hours the situation in Libya worsened, especially with the defiant statements by Gaddafi. The statements have appalled Botswana, a peace-loving country, added Modise, especially that they project total disregard for human life.
When quizzed about any Batswana who might be stuck in Libya, Modise told Mmegi that they have received unconfirmed reports that four Batswana are in the country. Modise has also said Botswana and Libya have a bilateral economic and tactical agreement signed in 1977 and diplomatic relations that stretch into decades. She has however said Botswana does
Efforts to seek comment from the Libyan embassy in Botswana drew a blank as the Libyan representative was said to be unavailable at press time.