Thursday, July 28, 2011

UK expels all staff of the Libyan embassy in London

The United Kingdom formally recognized today at the National Transitional Council (CNT) formed by opponents of the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Libyan government as the sole. The previous charge d'affaires of the Libyan embassy in London was named today to consult the Foreign Office, where he officially announced that he and other diplomats from his country (eight in total) had to leave the UK.

In a press conference in London, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said that his Government recognized the Council as "one Libyan government authority" and just deal with it in relations with the North African state. This decision stems from the agreement reached last July 15 in Istanbul by the Contact Group on Libya when it was decided at the international level had to recognize the CNT as governing authority.

"This decision reflects the growing legitimacy, competence and success National Transition Council to get to the Libyans in all parts of the country, "said the minister. "Through their actions, the Council has demonstrated its commitment to a more open Libya and democratic, rather than trying to achieve through an inclusive political process," in contrast to the lack of legitimacy of the Qadhafi regime, he added.

In the press conference, the minister also recalled the support that Britain has provided the rebels fighting against Gaddafi Libyan troops and the implementation of UN resolution 1973, which authorized the international community to intervene militarily in Libya to protect civilians.

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