July 27th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

UK recognizes Libya rebels as legitimate government

The United Kingdom recognizes Libya's rebel umbrella group, not Moammar Gadhafi's regime, as the legitimate government, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.

"We are dealing with them as if they are the state of Libya and that is how we are treating them," Hague said of the Transitional National Council.

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.

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  1. whatever


    July 27, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury


    July 27, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    They are about as organized as other governments, and instead of just argueing endlessly with the other sideof the ilse, they shoot bullets. So at least they're trying to get something done, unlike others we know. (shrug)

    July 27, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |

    They would, the filthy creeps! The only legitamate leader in Libya is still Mohammar Qadaffy and always will be. Besides, who do those creeps in London think they are to decide Libya's furure, anyway???

    July 27, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |

      My apologies for the missprint above. I meant to print "future", not "furure". That David Cameron and his henchmen in London do make my blood boil!

      July 27, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bonnie

    Ah, the secular British cannot educate anyone on religious freedom before giving legitimacy. Didn't they learn a lesson in dealing with Afghanistan?

    July 27, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bonnie

    I hope the Lybian rebels consist with people who can read, at least.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Recognizing rebels as legitimate Govt of a country?
    Well that certainly reflects on the caliber & statesmanship of the British political leadership.
    Would they or us be as prompt & morally brave in recognizing the Palestinian state when the issue comes up before UN G.Assembly come September??

    July 27, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @saywhat...I doubt that Palestine will have it so easy. The UK has a long history with Gadhaffi, beginning when the King of Lybia didn't want to do business with the infidels. Gadhaffi, called "colonel Gadhafi back then, was lured to the UK with promises or war-college training and military support upon his return to Libya. Gadhafi returned to Libya and with UK support overthrew the king, who was away having a surgical procedure performed in Turkey. Palestine didn't get any of that, so I doubt they'll be as recognizaable to the snooty Brit's. (good to see you...what color is your hair? he he)

    July 27, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel D Martin

    thanks Mr Cameron
    Free Libya now!

    July 27, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Another right-wing idiot here. No wonder this country's in trouble with these people voting at the polls. Besides, anyone with half a brain knows that this Cameron is no good.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      I feel the same way you do, banasy. Seeing people like this Martin guy vomiting his ignorance above disgusts me too!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Gharge Libya now, rather. We can't afford free.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @banasy...as if only the rat-wang is corruptable. The UK trained Gadhafi and his men at a war-college in London and supported his coup of the former king of Libya. Now they flip-flop. Does this not remind you of Rumsfeld running arms for Saddam Hussein? Of an American trained Karzai ruling Afghanistan? Do you not see that bith democrat and republican leaders have both known of and participated in these invasions and occupations under the guise "combating terrorism" for years now? We have an (D) President for crying out loud. Not only does he refuse to do anything about it, he won't even discuss it in public. That these things are still going on is all on the (D) now. President Obama has the power as the leader of the free-world to do something, so blame it on Bush? Bush's Carlyle Group is STILL illegally profiting from these occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Is Obama in-on it with them or what?

    July 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasee

    I knew the morons would start trolling me again as soon as I used 'banasy' again!

    Surely you're smarter than to think that was me above.
    Just in case you're not sure,
    I'm tired of this sh!t.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Hay. Play nice or I'll bring back banazi. (pronounced buh-nayzee) Remember that old hag? he he

    July 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pale Horse

    What a load of rubbish! Gadhafi holds no political position. You show a deliberate ignorance of the tribal system in Libya and are perpetuating NATO doctrine, much like weapons of mass destruction lies re Iraq.
    The US/ UN /EU /UK/ NATO alliance bombed the water source of 70% of Libyans this week, and the factory building pipes to repair same. Millions of Libyans could die, including women and children.

    Who gave UN/US/UK/EU/NATO the right to decide who governs Libya and who should live? Only Libyans have the right to choose who leads them and the majority of Libyans have chosen Gadhafi. The attempted murder of Gadhafi, and the bombing of Libya's water supply last week, are illegal, immoral war crimes. The ICC is a joke. The UN is obsolete. It has failed in its role of peacekeeping, by sanctioning the bombing of Libya.

    Libyan rebels are lynching and killing all the blacks in Libya.

    Evidence of Libya torture BENGHAZI


    One of the crimes of libyan rebels on black Libyan man


    July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas Moser

    Good move.

    July 28, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |