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Libyan embassy 'doesn't represent anything': Bildt

AFP/The Local · 11 Mar 2011, 16:41

Published: 11 Mar 2011 16:41 GMT+01:00

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"We no longer consider the Libyan Embassy in Stockholm to be representing anything," Bildt posted on his official Twitter feed Friday.

When asked to comment on Bildt's post, foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jörle said "given the unclear situation in Libya, we do not know who represents Libya in Sweden."

The ministry had been informed that the Libyan envoy in Stockholm no longer had a mandate from Muammar Qaddafi, Jörle added.

As France on Thursday officially recognised rebels opposed to the Libyan leader, Bildt tweeted "Sweden recognises states - not regimes. And most other EU countries are the same. Somewhat unclear on what France does."

On February 22, the Libyan embassy in Stockholm raised the country's independence flag, which was in use until Qaddafi came to power in 1969 and has been used by protesters as a symbol of the ongoing uprising in the country.

But an embassy secretary told AFP at the time it had been raised simply to get demonstrators to leave the embassy, and stressed the ambassador had not resigned.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was in Brussels Friday, attending pivotal Libya crisis talks divided over a British-French push for formal recognition of Kadhafi's opponents and a call from Paris for limited air strikes.

Medics say 400 people have died and 2,000 more been wounded in eastern Libya since February 17, when rebels opposed to Qaddafi launched an uprising.

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A UN official said Thursday more than 250,000 others have fled to neighbouring countries since the revolt started in mid-February.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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19:28 March 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Wow, lets just start off with Air Strikes. Whatever happened to the UN Security Council Trash France was talking when the US wanted to go into Iraq. Can we say hypocrites.

Has anybody did an evaluation of how man military casulties the people of Sweden are willing to pay to militarily interveine in Libiya.

Telling Qadaffi he has nothing to look forward to but a date with the World Court almost insures he will how fight to the death, good moves EU.

This is a Russian client State and I doubt if he is going anywhere.
21:38 March 11, 2011 by testUserName
TheLocal got a really nice pose of Qaddafi. He must try his luck in few hollywood movies and my guess is that he could win a "Best Actor in negative role" aka Villian award.
21:45 March 11, 2011 by jimmy1988
Khadaffi is going to stay in power like or not.

Nato and Usa are just talking, they dont have interest is Khadaffi fall.
21:52 March 11, 2011 by johnny1939
I do not think that Qaddafi will ever leave Libiya of his free will. I also believe that this is an internal situation and outsiders should not get involved. Nobody would thank us in the end. We should not be in Afghanistan either.
01:20 March 12, 2011 by jackx123
Had Saddam stayed in power in Iraq, there would not have been the anywhere near the amount of deaths as we have seen in the past.

Hopefully the west has learnt its lesson, unless they want the "new" Libya to become another hangout for al-quaida.
11:49 March 12, 2011 by johnny1939

I agree w/ you 100%
21:26 March 12, 2011 by Uncle
I don't get it. Really... Someone please to explain to me.

2 mil are artificially starved in Somalia, the world screams for US involvement. US gets involved, the world is bashing US for attacking Somalia.

Yugoslavians kill each other in thousands for years, the socialists blame USA for inaction. US gets involved, the socialists are crying to the Lord about the US attacking Serbia for no reason.

In the Taliban times, the commies whined about nobody caring about this terrorist and opium infested country that treats women as slaves. After final US involvement, the same people are cursing US and A for inflicting suffering upon the poor innocent afghanis.

USA did not get involved in Rwanda, Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan and other conflicts, the commies love to bash US for not caring for the suffering of the poor africans.

Can someone explain - what is the point of any involvement?

I say - in God's name - let them plow through each other, if this is their and their religion of peace favourite hobby. ANY involvement will cause unification of the previously warring sides against the invading "crusaders and zionists". Plus, it will give other dictators another reason to say "you see? The west wants to colonize you! Therefore I am better than that option".

In ANY case the left wing socialists will not be satisfied and will moan non-stop, so at least keep the western soldiers alive.
01:04 March 13, 2011 by Great Scott
bildt, remember you are a little failed prime minister. Leave this job to the people who know what they are doing, and that is not you.
13:17 March 13, 2011 by glamshek
Qaddafi no more ! Khalifa Hammad of Bahrain no more, Saleh of Yemen no more ! No more No more No more. Abdullah of Saudia no more, Obama no more.

Libya,Bahrain,Yemin ,,,People Yes, Dictators No !
08:47 April 9, 2011 by Minnesota NyViking
Our USA embassy should be the same. Heck, we invade nation after nation, just like Old Adolf. No accountabilty, just bomb, pillage resources and stick the bill to the dumb down, unemployed tax payers.

Congress? Constitutionality? What a joke!

War for the sake of the profiteers. Death for the poor inhabitants we liberate.
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