Libyan Opposition Reaches out to France

Published on Saturday 14th May 2011

Libyan opposition leaders will seek additional support from France on Saturday, a day after the U.S. stopped short of granting the opposition's Transitional National Council (TNC) full diplomatic recognition.French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet with council leader Mahmoud Jabril in Paris on Saturday.  A TNC delegation met with U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon and other officials in Washington on Friday.  After the meeting, the White House released a statement calling the TNC a "legitimate and credible" voice for the Libyan people, but stopped short of the full diplomatic recognition that Jabril was seeking. Meanwhile, fresh explosion rocked the Libyan capital, Tripoli, late Friday and early Saturday. On Friday, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi assured his people that he was alive and in a place where NATO bombs could not reach him.  His comments came in an audio message carried on Libyan state television, after an Italian official said there were unconfirmed reports that Mr. Gadhafi was "probably" wounded after weeks of NATO air strikes. Separately, a Libyan government spokesman said a NATO airstrike killed 11 imams in the eastern city of Brega on Friday. The alliance responded saying it is very careful in its selection of targets and had attacked a military command and control site in Brega. Meanwhile, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he will seek arrest warrants next week for three people considered responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya.Luis Moreno-Ocampo did not reveal the names of the suspects in his statement Friday, but Gadhafi is expected to top the list.  Those charged will face accusations of murder and persecution.Since February, Colonel Gadhafi's forces have carried out a brutal crackdown against anti-government demonstrators.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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