Libya slams 'irresponsible' British recognition of NTC
Britain's recognition of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council was "irresponsible and illegal," Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim said on Wednesday.
"We consider this irresponsible, illegal and in violation of British and international laws," he said.
Kaaim said the regime of Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi "will take necessary actions," and would argue against London's decision before tribunals in Britain and other international courts.
He also poured scorn over British Foreign Secretary William Hague saying he was "acting in an unacceptable and not objective way."
Earlier on Wednesday Britain recognised thel NTC as the country's legitimate government after dramatically expelling all remaining diplomats loyal to Kadhafi from the London embassy.
Hague said he had invited the NTC to take over the embassy and appoint an official envoy in a major boost for the movement fighting Kadhafi's regime.
"The prime minister and I have decided that the United Kingdom recognises and will deal with the National Transitional Council as the sole governmental authority in Libya," Hague told a news conference in London.
"We are inviting the National Transitional Council to appoint a new Libyan diplomatic envoy to take over the Libyan embassy in London."
© 2011 AFP