Denmark denies formally recognising Libyan rebels

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Denmark on Thursday denied it had formally recognised Libya's rebel National Transitional Council, as announced earlier by the NTC.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that "in response to news reports that are incorrectly suggesting that Denmark has formally recognized NTC," its official position on the rebel's council had not changed.

"Denmark recognises - in accordance with the decision of the European Council - the NTC as a relevant dialogue partner," it said.

"It is believed that there are other political actors in Libya that could potentially be involved in order to ensure an inclusive process," the ministry said.

"But at present NTC appears to be the political actor which has the greatest potential to create the positive political dynamic that would ensure an outreach to a broad representation of political actors in the country," it added.

France, Italy, Qatar and Gambia have already recognised the NTC, based in the eastern rebel bastion of Benghazi, as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

A popular uprising in Libya began in mid-February and has left the country split between the largely Kadhafi-controlled west and the rebel-held east.