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In pictures: Gaddafi in Europe
Gaddafi arrives in Brussels
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The Libyan leader stepped off the plane for his landmark visit accompanied by his team of crack female bodyguards.
Gaddafi walks past a painting at EU HQ on his way to meet EU leaders
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Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's Brussels visit is being seen as a step towards international respectability.
Gaddafi with Romano Prodi
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The Libyan leader has been given a warm welcome by the EU, in what is his first official visit to Europe for 15 years.
Col Gaddafi in front of a bedouin tent pitched in Brussels
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He met dignitaries in a bedouin tent pitched in front of the Val Duchesse residence for visiting heads of state.
Gaddafi supporters
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Noisy supporters thronged the route as he made his way to talks.
Police and Gaddafi supporters
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Police held the cheering crowds back...
Gaddafi opponents
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...keeping them away from a group of Libyan exiles and opponents of Gaddafi.
Anti-Gaddafi protesters
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Many of the second group held banners protesting against Libya's human rights record.

The BBC's Andrew Burroughs
"Colonel Gaddafi called the Mediterranean a bridge between continents"

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