British foreign secretary says Gaddafi "must go"

08:49, February 28, 2011      

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should step down.

"Of course, it is time for Colonel Gaddafi to go, that is the best hope for Libya," Hague said on the BBC Andrew Marr program.

Hague announced in the meantime that UK had withdrawn Gaddafi's immunity on British soil and the order also applied to his family and household.

British special forces secretly rescued 150 oil workers on Saturday night, including 50 British people stranded in the Libyan desert.

The foreign secretary said the UK was "working intensively" to establish how many Britons remained in Libya and the Foreign Office continued to urge British nationals to leave the country.

It is estimated that about 400 Britons are still stranded in Libya. Whitehall sources said further military flights could be expected to land in Libya to try to rescue the remaining British nationals.

Source: Xinhua


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