France declares to expulse 14 Libyan former diplomats

17:08, May 06, 2011      

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French foreign ministry announced Friday in a statement that 14 former diplomats of Libya were not welcomed and demanded their deportation in 24-48 hours.

In a brief statement issued by the ministry, spokesman Bernard Valero said the 14 diplomats working for Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's regime were "personna non grata."

They had been working for the Libya embassy in France which was closed around a month ago. France has recognized Libyan opposition, led by the National Transition Council (NTC), as the only legitimate representative of Libya.

The statement asked the diplomats to leave France within 48 hours.

Citing some ministry source, local media said the diplomats were accused of "behavior and activities not consistent with relevant UN resolution, including the 1973, and contrary to the protection of Libya civilians."

Liyan ambassadors in France and UNESCO, the UN cultural arm based in Paris, have resigned on Feb. 25 to protest the violent repression in Libya. They, according to local media, have joined the opposition camp against Gaddafi.

In addition, Libyan embassy in Paris was already under the control of the opposition since February.

France took the lead in recognizing the legitimacy of NTC and had pushed for the coalition military intervention starting on March 19 to strike Gaddafi's force on Libyan territory.

Source: Xinhua
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