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African Union recognises Libyan National Transitional Counci...
26/09/11

According to an official bulletin released late yesterday by the South African Government, the African Union (AU) has recognized Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) as the official representative of the Libyan people.

The reported announcement follows last Friday's UN General Assembly vote to accept the credentials of the NTC as Libya's representatives at the world body.

The announcement was transmitted by the South African GCIS, Chairperson of the African Union, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is also the President of Equatorial Guinea.

It follows South African President Jacob Zuma's recent hosting of a meeting of the AU's special panel on Libya in Pretoria.

Below is the full text of the announcement 

Compiled by (South African) Government Communication and Information System/BUANEWS: "AU recognises NTC in Libya"

Pretoria - The African Union (AU) has officially recognised the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the representative of the Libyan people as they form an all-inclusive transitional government that will occupy the Libyan seat at the AU.

"The AU stands ready to support the Libyan people, on the basis of the AU Roadmap and working together with the international community, as they rebuild their country towards a united, democratic, peaceful and prosperous Libya," read a statement issued by the office of the Chairperson of the African Union, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is also the President of Equatorial Guinea.

On Tuesday, Mbasogo received a briefing from the Ad Hoc Committee of the AU Peace and Security Council regarding the developments in Libya, on the eve of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The briefing was based on the outcomes of the meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council held in Addis Ababa on 26 August and the meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Libya held on 14 September in Pretoria.

At both meetings, the AU encouraged the Libyan stakeholders to form an all-inclusive transitional government that would work towards the promotion of national unity, reconciliation and democracy and urged the National Transitional Council (NTC) to protect all foreign workers, including African migrant workers.

The leadership of the National Transitional Council, in its letter to the Chairperson of the AU Commission on 5 September, provided assurances stressing their commitment to:

* the African continent;
* give priority to national unity and to bring together all Libyan stakeholders, without any exception, to rebuild the country; and to
* protect all foreign workers within Libya, including the African migrant workers.
These commitments were in line with the provisions of the AU Roadmap. - BuaNews

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