New York, Oct.6 (ANI): Fouad Zlitini, the man who interpreted Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's bizarre 96-minute diatribe at the United Nations, has said he didn't collapse under the strain of making sense of his boss' ramblings, but did admit to asking some one else to takeover.
"I don't deny, maybe I asked for someone to take over, maybe I snapped my fingers to my friend so somebody can take over for me, but I never said I had enough," the man told The New York Post via phone from Tripoli.
The Post exclusively reported that at the 75-minute mark of the September 23 speech to the UN General Assembly, Khadafy's translator exclaimed, "I just can't take it anymore!" in Arabic. His anguish came just as the dictator was espousing his discredited one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Three witnesses in the UN's Arabic section reported hearing his outburst. "His interpreter just collapsed," one witness recalled.
At that point, the UN's Arabic section chief, Rasha Ajalyaqeen, jumped in and interpreted the rest.
Zlitni disagrees about what went wrong.
"It never happened like that," Zlitni, 55, said. "I never said it on the microphone. I am a professional. I would never do anything like that."
He added, "I think it was a good speech. It had so many good points, my brother, especially regarding Iraq, the war, about the Security Council." (ANI)