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Foreign Secretary discusses Libya and Cote d’Ivoire

Foreign Secretary discusses Libya and Cote d’Ivoire

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Foreign Secretary William Hague today discussed the latest developments in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire on the Andrew Marr Show.
Foreign Secretary William Hague today discussed the latest developments in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire on the Andrew Marr Show.

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Published by: Global News Agency on Apr 03, 2011
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Press Release: 3 April 20011
Foreign Secretary discusses Libya and Cote d’Ivoire
 
Foreign Secretary William Hague today discussed the latest developments in Libya andCote d’Ivoire on the Andrew Marr Show.On Libya he made clear there will be no ground invasion of the country. He said:"We’re sticking very closely here to the United Nations resolution… which makes veryclear there must be no foreign occupation of any part of Libya and we will stick to that.There have already been circumstances in which we’ve sent small special forces in toLibya. We rescued people from the desert a few weeks ago as you will remember through doing that. So circumstances can arise where limit, such limited operations takeplace, but there is going to be no large scale ground force placed in Libya by the UnitedKingdom."He also reiterated that there had been no decision to arm rebels in Libya noting:"We have taken no decision to arm the rebels, the opposition, the pro democracypeople, whatever one wants to call them and I’m not aware of any of our allies takingthe decision to do that. What we are engaged in is protecting the civilian population inLibya, which we have done with a lot of success... when people look at what we’redoing in Libya they do have to look at what would be happening if we didn’t do whatwe’d done over the last few weeks and it would have been a catastrophic situation."The Foreign Secretary confirmed that he had spoken to Musa Kusa since hisresignation and added that Musa Kusa was not under arrest and had arrived in the UKof his own free. He said:"I have spoken to him briefly, and I spoke to him regularly when he was in Tripoli so itwould be very odd if I didn’t speak to him now. I welcomed the fact that he had left theGaddafi regime. I said I thought that was the right thing to do. I asked him to havediscussions with my officials, which is indeed what he is now doing.""I formed the view over quite a few conversations with him when he was still in place asLibyan Foreign Minister that he was very distressed by what was happening in Libya,that he wanted to see a peaceful solution, that he was very deeply concerned aboutwhat’s happening to the people of Libya. And I think when somebody like that says theywant to get out then it would be quite wrong to say no you’ve got to stay there."He also reiterated that Musa Kusa would not be offered immunity from prosecution andset out why it was a good thing that Musa Kusa had chosen to come to the UK. He saidthat he intended to give a statement to Parliament tomorrow and said:

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