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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

LIBYAN RESISTANCE: UK expels Gaddafi diplomats and recognises Libya rebels!


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http://www.bbc.co.uk / 27 July 2011 Last updated at 11:30 GMT.

Foreign Secretary William Hague: ''We're inviting the national transitional council to appoint a new Libyan diplomatic envoy''.

William Hague has said the UK will recognise the Libyan rebel council as the "sole governmental authority", as Gaddafi-regime diplomats are expelled.

The Libyan charge d'affaires was called to the Foreign Office earlier to be told he and other diplomats must leave.

Instead the UK will ask the National Transitional Council to appoint a new diplomatic envoy.

It follows similar moves by the US and France. The UK previously said it recognised "countries not governments".

A Foreign Office spokesman said that had not changed and said it was a political, not legal, recognition.

The green flag of the Gaddafi regime was still flying outside the embassy in Knightsbridge on Wednesday afternoon and attempts to reach staff for comment were not successful. Protesters carrying the red, green and black flag of the Libyan rebels gathered outside.

Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces are still locked in battle, five months after an uprising began against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule, as Nato continues to enforce a UN-backed no-fly zone over the country.

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