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London says Gadhafi's regime is crumbling

London says Gadhafi's regime is crumbling
Palestinian students step on placards during a protest against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Gaza City on February 22, 2011. British officials say the Libyan leader's rule is crumbling. UPI/Ismael Mohamad | License Photo

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 10 (UPI) -- The regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is starting to crumble and it's apparent a new chapter is afoot, a British official said at a meeting in Abu Dhabi.

Leaders gathered in Abu Dhabi for meetings with the so-called Libya Contact Group, which in April called on Gadhafi to step down.

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British Middle East and North African Minister Alistair Burt said the emerging sentiment regarding Libya was that things were changing politically.

"Gadhafi's regime is crumbling," he said. "He has lost all legitimacy and must go immediately."

Gadhafi claims he's the leader of a revolution and has no position from which to resign. He was referred to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity committed since February.

Burt said the capacity and authority of the rebel-backed Transitional National Council was growing. A senior official at the U.S. State Department said during a background briefing with reporters that Washington wasn't waiting for Gadhafi to make decisions, however.

"We're not waiting for that minute when Gadhafi finally bows to the will of the Libyan people and steps down," the official said. "We're working to support the Libyan people now in a transition plan."

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