Relations with rebels under strain, as Egypt fails to confiscate Qadhafi funds

Relations between Libya’s rebel forces and the Egyptian government appear to be increasingly under strain, according to a Libyan rebel source, who claims that Egypt has so far failed to respond to requests to confiscate funds held in bank accounts belonging to Qadhafi and his family.

“The Egyptian government has ignored our official request,” said Ali al-Essawy, vice president of the executive bureau of the Libyan National Transitional Council.

“The Egyptian government’s stance is unjustifiable,” said council spokesman Abdel Hafiz Khawqa. “But we will continue to request the money, as it belongs to the people.”

Khawqa, however, praised the Egyptian government for supporting the no-fly zone on Libya, and the Egyptian military council for turning down Qadhafi’s request to close the border so as to cut off supplies to rebel forces.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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