Denmark denies officially recognising Libya rebels

Thu May 5, 2011 12:02pm GMT

COPENHAGEN May 5 (Reuters) - Denmark denied on Thursday that it had officially recognised Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC) of rebels, but said it did recognise the organisation as a relevant partner for dialogue.

Earlier on Thursday a Libyan rebel spokesman said that Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands had joined Italy and France in recognising the TNC rebels fighting to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi.

"We have not taken steps to formally recognise the TNC," Danish foreign ministry spokesman Jean Ellermann Kingombe said. "There is a willingness to engage (with the TNC) but no formal recognition."

Denmark considers the TNC "a relevant partner for dialogue" and has appointed an envoy to explore the potential for conducting relations with the Benghazi-based rebels, Ellermann Kingombe said. (Reporting by John Acher; editing by David Stamp)

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