July 29, 2011 / 7:33 AM / 8 years ago

Czechs not ready to recognise Libya rebels-paper

PRAGUE, July 29 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic will not recognise rebels opposing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as Libya’s official government until they control the entire country, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg was quoted on Friday as saying.

“I may like them, but unless they control the whole country, I will not recognise them officially,” he told newspaper Pravo in an interview.

Schwarzenberg said the ministry will keep contact with the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) through an unofficial ambassador in the rebel-held eastern city of Benghazi.

The rebels won diplomatic support from Britain this week, joining the United States and about 30 other nations that have also recognised the opposition. (Reporting by Jason Hovet)

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