Hague Visits Algeria

The British foreign secretary, William Hague, says he trusts Algeria will not harbor fugitives sought by the International Criminal Court. Hague also, during his visit on Wednesday to the country, warned Muammar Qaddafi’s family not to view Algeria as a sanctuary.

"I've also made the request in all countries I've visited in the region that in relation to people that are fugitives from international justice that if they come onto the territory of the countries concerned then of course it is important to work with the Libyan authorities and international authorities to ensure that indictees of the International Criminal Court are brought to justice," said Hague.

His Algerian counterpart, Mourad Medelci, said he hopes the people of Libya, and the country itself, would find prosperity.

"Things are going in the right direction, but the situation is certainly very difficult for our Libyan friends and those around Libya who not only have an interest, but also wish that Libyans, very soon, find stability, unity and a means of social development," said Medelci.

Algeria has repeatedly vowed that it would not harbor or provide asylum to Qaddafi, the deposed ruler of Libya; however, it has been reported that his wife and three of his children entered the country in August.

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