15 Jul '11, 6pm

Powers boost Libya rebels, turn up pressure on Gaddafi: ISTANBUL: Western and regional powers on Friday boosted

Powers boost Libya rebels, turn up pressure on Gaddafi: ISTANBUL: Western and regional powers on Friday boosted

ISTANBUL: Western and regional powers on Friday boosted Libyan rebels battling Muammar al-Gaddafi by designating them as the country's legitimate rulers, a move that gives them access to vital funds. The fourth meeting of the Libya contact group in Istanbul saw a fresh call on Gaddafi to go after more than four decades in power. With the colonel hanging on in Tripoli despite four months of NATO-led bombings, the rebels Friday stepped up an offensive on the oil town of Brega, hoping to dislodge loyalist troops and win a strategic victory. The contact group recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC), based in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, as "the legitimate governing authority in Libya" until an interim government is formed, said a statement at the end of the talks. Gaddafi "must leave power according to defined steps to be publicly announced," the statement said...

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