CNN on July 27, 2011, reported that The United Kingdom recognizes Libya’s rebel umbrella group, not Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, as the legitimate government, Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

“We are dealing with them as if they are the state of Libya and that is how we are treating them,” Hague said.

He said London was working on ways to unfreeze Libyan government assets and get funds to the rebels.

His announcement came shortly after the Foreign Office said it had expelled all Libyan Embassy staff from the country.

The United States recognized the TNC as the “legitimate governing authority” in Libya two weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced.

Hague also blasted the appearance of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi on Libyan television overnight, saying that his appearance proved his release from prison was a mistake and that the medical advice he did not have long to live was “worthless.”

Al Megrahi, the only person convicted over the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people, appeared at a pro-Gadhafi forum in Tripoli on July 26.

He was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 on the grounds that he had cancer and was not likely to live more than three more months.

Hague Wednesday reiterated his stance that Moammar Gadhafi could remain in Libya if he leaves power, but added that the best thing would be for him to face justice at the International Criminal Court, which is seeking his arrest.


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