These people are true patriots, as well as decent human being.
I hope for the well-being of the Libyan people.
updated 1 hour 36 minutes ago
ROME — Eight Libyan army officers appeared in Rome on Monday, saying they were part of a group of as many as 120 military officials and soldiers who defected from Moammar Gadhafi's side in recent days.
The eight officers — five generals, two colonels and a major — spoke at a news conference organized by the Italian government, which is one of a handful of countries that has recognized the Libyan rebel movement fighting Gaddafi as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.
Libyan U.N. ambassador Abdurrahman Shalgam, who has also defected from Gadhafi, said all 120 of the military personnel were outside Libya now but he did not say where they were.