UPDATE 2-Libya contact group to meet in Doha next week-UK

Mon Apr 4, 2011 5:20pm GMT

* Libya contact group to meet in Qatari capital next week

* UK supplying telecoms equipment to rebels, not arms

* Sanctions on defectors could be lifted, no immunity-Hague

(Adds African Union, sanctions angles)

By Keith Weir

LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) - An international contact group set up to coordinate the political response to the Libyan crisis will meet in the Qatari capital of Doha next week, Britain said on Monday.

Foreign Secretary William Hague also told parliament that Britain would supply telecoms equipment to rebels fighting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, but not arm them.

Hague added that any defectors from Gaddafi's government would not be offered immunity from prosecution, but could have EU and United Nations sanctions against them lifted.

Former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa fled to London last week and Scottish police want to question him over the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing.   Continued...

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