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Published on Jun 12, 2011
Libyan state television on Sunday broadcast pictures of leader Muammar Gaddafi meeting the president of the international chess federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
"The meeting lasted about two hours, we played chess with Gaddafi. The meeting took place not in some bunker but in one of the administrative buildings in the Libyan capital," - told Interfax he Ilyumzhinov, who is on his trip to Africa.
"Gaddafi said he was not going to leave Libya, stressing that it is his birthplace and the land where his children and grandchildren ware killed. He also said that he does not know what position he should leave." Im not premier, not the president and not a king. I do not occupy any post in Libya, and so I have no position that I must leave, "- said Ilyumzhinov.
"I expressed my condolences to Gaddafi from his family in connection with the death of his 20-year-old son, two grandchildren and four-granddaughter. And then they showed me a house, which hit five bombs and where relatives were killed Gadhafi," - said the president of FIDE.
Ilyumzhinov also met with Foreign Ministers of Libya and the Ministry of Education, as well as his eldest son Muhammad al-Gaddafi, who heads the National Olympic Committee.
"We were also played chess and played the Sicilian Defence," - said Ilyumzhinov.