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Conflict in Libya could go on for some time, warns William Hague

Allegra Stratton
Guardian.co.uk [1]
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Foreign secretary William Hague has said the conflict in Libya could go on for some time, and described Colonel Gaddafi’s audio recording released overnight to Libyan TV as “delusional”.

Speaking at the foreign office on Wednesday, Hague also said he was monitoring “hour by hour” the situation of 35 foreign journalists trapped in a hotel in a part of Tripoli still controlled by pro-Gaddafi forces.

Hague was speaking after chairing the national security meeting attended by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg. The government continued to maintain there was no plan to deploy ground troops to the country, despite a defiant appearance from Gaddafi overnight suggesting Libya’s ailing government was continuing to put up a fight.

On Tuesday rebels overran Gaddafi’s compound with one entering his bedroom and conducting TV interviews wearing the colonel’s military cap. Despite Gaddafi’s whereabouts remaining a mystery, on Wednesday morning an audio recording appeared on Libyan TV in which he said his forces had relinquished the compound as a “tactical move”.

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