U.K. official extols Libyan rebel efforts

LONDON, June 5 (UPI) -- Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's military are "quite inspiring," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the BBC.

Hague spent Saturday in the North African country speaking with the rebels' Transitional National Council as NATO jets bombed military positions targeting military positions.


The minister told the BBC he senses the rebels are sincere in their bid to end to Gadhafi's 42 years in autocratic rule.

"These people at the top of this organization are genuine believers in democracy and the rule of law," Hague said. "It is quite inspiring ... to see their real hope for the future of their country."

Gadhafi has adamantly denied international calls for him to step down and that's led to conciliatory gestures from both the rebels and the world community.

Hague said the rebels' current governmental plan would include some members of the current regime, although more definition was needed.

"We are also encouraging the National Transitional Council to put more flesh on their proposed transition, to lay out in more detail this coming week what would happen on the day that Gadhafi went," Hague said.

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