Bri­tain ex­pels 5 Libyan diplo­mats

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LON­DON: Bri­tain has ex­pelled five Libyan diplo­mats to protest at the Libyan gov­ern­ment's ac­tions and be­cause they could pose a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity, For­eign Sec­re­tary Wil­liam Hague said on Wed­nes­day.

"To un­der­line our grave concern at the regime's be­hav­iour, ... we have to­day taken steps to ex­pel five diplo­mats at the Libyan em­bassy in Lon­don, in­clud­ing the mil­i­tary at­tache," Hague told par­lia­ment.

"The gov­ern­ment also judged that, were those in­di­vid­u­als to re­main in Bri­tain, they could pose a threat to our se­cu­rity."

The diplo­mats, be­lieved to be sup­port­ers of Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi, have been given seven days to leave, a gov­ern­ment source said.

Bri­tain hosted an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Tues­day that piled pres­sure on Gaddafi to quit and pledged to con­tinue mil­i­tary ac­tion against his forces un­til he com­plies with a U.N. res­o­lu­tion to pro­tect civil­ians. [ID:nLDE72S00I]

Bri­tain long treated Libya as a rogue state. The 1984 shoot­ing of a Lon­don po­lice­woman from in­side the Libyan em­bassy, the Libyan arm­ing of IRA guer­ril­las in North­ern Ire­land and the 1988 Lockerbie air­line bomb­ing over Scot­land, for which a Libyan was con­victed, con­trib­uted to Gaddafi be­ing branded a pariah.

Af­ter Gaddafi agreed in 2003 to aban­don ef­forts to ac­quire chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal and nu­clear weapons, then Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair helped lead him back into the in­ter­na­tional fold, open­ing the way for lu­cra­tive busi­ness deals. - Reuters

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