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US Blames UK for Libya Ties

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TEHRAN, Feb 23 (ICANA) – The US government has blamed Britain for having ties with the Libyan regime following the death of hundreds of protesters in the country.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:09:58 AM
US Blames UK for Libya Ties

The US Ambassador to London, Louis Susman, said that dealing with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gives him "greater stature, greater ability on the world front to look like he is a good citizen is a mistake." The campaigners have criticized Britain for legitimizing the Libyan's regime with Tony Blair's alleged "deal in the desert." US congressional representatives have claimed a relation between the discharge of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber and the lucrative trade deals between the two countries' interests. In his visit to Libya three years ago, Tony Blair signed a £550 million oil exploration deal with Muammar Gaddafi in a tent in the desert. Legal adviser to the UN Commission on Human Rights Mona Rishmawi advised Britain to give their decision on selling arms to Libya the second thought, since it could “make it complicit” in abusing human rights. She said: “Weapons that could lead to indiscriminate use of force against protesters is a problem.” Daniel Kawczynski, Muammar Gaddafi's biographist said that the so far killings are considered as the pattern of the Libyan leader rule in the past 42 years. "Most British people will find it totally abhorrent and unacceptable to be doing business with a regime, virtually on our doorstep, which is killing hundreds of its own people. "If the demonstrations continue and we see, for example over the next few days, hundreds of people killed or even more than that, then there will be people in Parliament who will be calling for a reassessment of our trading relationship," he said.

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