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Asked about the Government’s position in Libya, the PMS replied that the Government recognises the Transitional Government as the legitimate leading party in Libya and would be working with them.

Asked if the approach in Libya would be reviewed, the PMS said that the UK’s role is clear; we support the UN Resolution 1973 to protect civilians.

The PMS reiterated that Qadhafi must go and said that ultimately it was up to the Libyan people to decide their future.

Put that the Libyan people did not want Qadhafi to face charges of war criminality, the PMS replied that the ICC position still stands.

Asked if the assassination of the leader of the Transitional Council affected the Government’s strategy in Libya, the PMS stated that an investigation was ongoing and Government would not draw conclusions before that investigation concluded. The PMS reiterated the central aim is to defend civilians.

When asked about the timeframe for military operations in Libya, the PMS replied that we had not set out a timetable but that time was not on Qadhafi’s side and the UK Government would continue to apply pressure. The PMS referred the gathered journalists to an announcement by the Foreign Secretary last week.

Asked if Defence Secretary Liam Fox was speaking for the Government when he said that only betrayal by a member of his inner circle would topple Qadhafi, the PMS replied that Fox had said that may be the case but it was a hypothetical situation.

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