Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Libyan diplomats ordered out of Britain -- But how can there be a "transitional council" when the rebels clearly aren't in control?

Britain is expelling all Libyan diplomats and unfreezing assets to help fund the National Transitional Council, the group now officially recognized by Britain as the legitimate governing authority in Libya.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague held a news conference Wednesday in London where he called the NTC "the sole governmental authority in Libya" and said it would be invited to appoint a diplomatic envoy to replace expelled embassy officials.

He said the NTC has steadily increased its legitimacy and has been successful in reaching out to Libyans. It stands in "dark contrast" to ruler Moammar Gadhafi's brutal and illegitimate regime, he added.

"Through its actions, the National Transitional Council has shown its commitment to a more open and democratic Libya, something that it is working to achieve through an inclusive political process," said Hague.

"The NTC is a focal point for all people throughout Libya who want a better future for their country. Our decision also reflects the responsibility that the NTC has taken on in areas under its control," he said.

He also said that the British government is exploring measures to unfreeze millions of dollars in assets to help fund the National Transitional Council. (more)