Baird: Libyan rebel recognition

The Harper government has recognized Libya's rebels as the country's legitimate representatives, the Globe and Mail reported. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird used a House of Commons debate on Canada's mission in Libya to announce the decision, saying he will attempt to formally engage the National Transition Council of Libya, which represents the rebel forces. He also pledged $2 million for humanitarian aid to the country, including money earmarked to help victims of rape by Libyan forces.

Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2011 12:00 am EDT

The Harper government has recognized Libya's rebels as the country's legitimate representatives, the Globe and Mail reported. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird used a House of Commons debate on Canada's mission in Libya to announce the decision, saying he will attempt to formally engage the National Transition Council of Libya, which represents the rebel forces. He also pledged $2 million for humanitarian aid to the country, including money earmarked to help victims of rape by Libyan forces.

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