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Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says

Libyan leader says he would never leave land of his ancestors after new international calls for him to go

Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Supporters of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attend a march on July 16, 2011 in Zawiya, 50 kilometers west of Tripoli. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he would never leave the land of his ancestors after new international calls for him to go and as rebels pressed their campaign to overthrow him (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Gaddafi was speaking after Western and regional powers meeting in Istanbul boosted the rebels by designating them Libya's legitimate rulers, a move that gives them access to vital funds (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Supporters of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attend a march on July 16, 2011 in Zawiya, 50 kilometers west of Tripoli. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he would never leave the land of his ancestors after new international calls for him to go and as rebels pressed their campaign to overthrow him. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Gaddafi said that the recognition by Western and regional powers of the rebel National Transitional Council was of no significance (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
The United States formally recognized Libya's rebel opposition as the legitimate government on Friday, an important diplomatic step which could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Washington's move at an Istanbul conference which also agreed a road map whereby Muammar Gaddafi should relinquish power and plans for Libya's transition to democracy under the rebel National Transitional Council (TNC) (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
A supporter of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attends a march on July 16, 2011 in Zawiya, 50 kilometers west of Tripoli. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Supporters of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attend a march on July 16, 2011 in Zawiya, 50 kilometers west of Tripoli (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Supporters of the Libyan regime take part in a march in Zliten, 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Tripoli, on July 15, 2011, as a speech by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is broadcast (AFP/Getty Images)
Rebels recognition has 'no significance', Gaddafi says
Supporters of the Libyan regime march in Zintan, 150 kilometers (90 miles) east of Tripoli, on July 15, 2011, as a speech by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is broadcast (AFP/Getty Images)