ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 9 (UPI) -- Statements about the human rights commitments made by Libya's Transitional National Council are welcomed strongly by London, the government said.
Investigations by the International Criminal Court and the U.N. Human Rights Council reportedly turned up evidence that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi committed sexual abuses, killings and torture during their military campaign.
The U.N. Security Council referred Gadhafi to the ICC for crimes against humanity committed since February.
British Middle East and North African Minister Alistair Burt said during a Libya Contact Group meeting in Abu Dhabi that London welcomed the TNC's "stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law."
London and several other members of the European community have recognized the TNC as the legitimate interlocutor in Libya.
A senior U.S. official said in a background briefing to reporters en route to the Abu Dhabi meeting that the TNC was making "incremental progress" in setting up basic services in Libya. The TNC, he said, has a lot to deal with.
"Are they ready to take over tomorrow? It's a very difficult question to answer, because I think the magnitude of the challenge, when you consider that when Gadhafi goes, basically a whole regime goes, it's not just one man," the senior official said.