Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Canada expels Libyan diplomats from five inappropriate activities

The Canadian government announced Wednesday the expulsion of five Libyan diplomats and said its activities in the country are "inappropriate and inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada said in a statement that the five diplomats, who did not identify, and their families "should prepare for immediate departure" of the country.

"The activities conducted in Canada by five Libyan diplomats are deemed inappropriate and inconsistent with normal diplomatic functions," the statement said. The Canadian Government also explained that Ottawa has not cut diplomatic relations with Libya, "but we have stopped," he added, "the operations at the embassy in Tripoli." The expulsion came days after demonstrators for and against the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the confrontation of the Libyan embassy in Ottawa.

Canada has deployed about a thousand troops and several fighter jets and warships as part of the NATO force that is carrying out attacks against military forces in support of Gadhafi and the rebels. Indeed, the commander of NATO operations in Libya is a Canadian military, Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard.

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