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Benghazi Administration raised flag at Libyan Embassy in Ankara

ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News | 8/22/2011 12:00:00 AM | SEVİL KÜÇÜKKOŞUM

After Libyan opposition forces took control of Tripoli, Libyan Embassy in Ankara hauled down Moammar Gadhafi regime’s flag and raised the Libyan Transitional Transition Council’s flag on Monday.

After Libyan opposition forces took control of Tripoli, Libyan Embassy in Ankara hauled down Moammar Gadhafi regime’s flag and raised the Libyan Transitional Transition Council’s flag on Monday.

“Nobody is in charge for the embassy yet, we are waiting instructions from Libya,” Abdul Menem Bendarf, representative of National Transitional Council of opposition in charge of humanitarian coordination in Turkey told Hürriyet Daily News on Monday.

Libyan opposition members in Ankara gathered at the embassy garden and burned posters of Moammar Gadhafi and his “Green Book”, while singing with their children and shouting “Gadhafi out, Libya is independent,” slogans. They pulled down the “Embassy of People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya” plate.

The crescent and star emblazoned red-black-green flag which has become a rallying symbol for Libyan opposition is raised at the embassy in Ankara.

There was a quarrel between opposition members and embassy security personnel during the switching of the flags.

Ziyad Adham El Muntase, Libyan Ambassador to Ankara wanted to make a statement to NTV news channel saying “I am very happy. Today is the day of success for revolution.” However, the ambassador was prevented by the opposition members from talking to the press; arguing that he was pro-Gadhafi. Instead of the ambassador, Mohamed Zenati, charge daffier of the Libyan Embassy, talked to media.

Another opposition group has pulled down Tripoli Administration’s flag at the Libyan consulate in İstanbul and flew the opposition council’s flag instead.

Turkey, recognized Libyan opposition in Benghazi in July as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people, but has not dismissed the rule of Tripoli as well. Ankara was monitoring the developments in Tripoli and waits the situation to be clearer, a Turkish diplomat told Hürriyet Daily News.

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