Gaddafi regime condemns Britain for recognising rebels

July 28th, 2011 - 7:20 pm ICT by IANS  

London, July 28 (IANS) The Muammar Gaddafi regime has condemned Britain for recognising the rebels as Libya’s “sole governmental authority”, BBC reported.

Britain was the third nation after France and the US to recognise the rebel National Transitional Council.

Khaled Kaim, deputy foreign minister in the Gaddafi government, said in Tripoli the decision was “unprecedented” and “irresponsible”.

“It’s illegal, it’s irresponsible and for us it was a surprise to happen from the British government because, I mean, if other countries will follow Britain, then the international diplomacy will be chaos,” he said.

“Of course, it both violates national British laws and international law. Specifically, the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations of 1961.”

“I personally consider it a stain on the forehead of Britain,” Kaim added.

Libya would try to reverse the decision by taking legal action in both British courts and the International Court of Justice, he said.

Britain has also ordered the expulsion of all eight remaining Gaddafi regime diplomats in London.

The rebel council has named Mahmud al-Naku, a writer and journalist in exile for 33 years, as the new Libyan ambassador to London.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague earlier said the rebel council has shown its commitment to a “more open and democratic Libya… in stark contrast to Gaddafi whose brutality against the Libyan people stripped him of all legitimacy”.

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