London calls Gadhafi 'delusional'

Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- While there's much left to do in Libya, it's clear Moammar Gadhafi is "delusional" in thinking he has any chance of remaining in power, London said.

Rebel forces are in control of much of Libya, bringing nearly six months of conflict closer to an end. NATO officials following major military gains by rebel forces on the ground Tuesday said Gadhafi was "history."

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, saying that Gadhafi's regime needed to recognize that "their time is up."

Gadhafi in an audio message broadcast late Tuesday called on his supporters to clear Tripoli of "rats," adding it was their "duty" to go house-to-house to "take them out," CNN reports.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Gadhafi's reign in Libya, however, was coming to an end.

"I think it is time now for Col. Gadhafi to stop issuing delusional statements and to recognize that that has happened, that control of the country is not going to return," he said in a statement. "He should be telling his dwindling and remaining forces now to stand down."

Though military and diplomatic gains are moving in the rebel's favor, Hague and other members of the Western-backed coalition involved in Libya said there's much work yet to be done in Libya.

"This will remain a difficult situation for some time and Britain will show the same patient strength in helping the people of Libya that we have shown over the last five months," said Hague.

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