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Canada expels Libyan diplomats

2011-08-15

Louis Delvoie, a fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen's University, is available to talk the Canadian government’s announcement this morning that it is expelling all remaining diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Ottawa.

Mr. Delvoie, who was the Canadian ambassador in Pakistan from 1991-94 and Algeria from 1980-82, says the move is to isolate the Gadhafi regime but ultimately will have little effect.

“If you are bombing the government of a country, it makes no sense to maintain diplomatic relations with them. This move is a form of political catch-up. Canada has been at war with the Gadhafi regime for months and allowing Libya to maintain a diplomatic presence in Ottawa was a complete anomaly. This move is long overdue,” says Mr. Delvoie.

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