Rebels to take Libya's seat at Arab League

2011-08-25 20:20

Cairo - The Arab League gave its full backing to Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people on Thursday and said it was time for Libya to return to its permanent seat on the League's council.

"We agreed that it is time for Libya to take back its legitimate seat and place at the Arab League. The NTC will be the legitimate representative of the Libyan state," the League's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters.

The NTC's representative at the League, Abdelmoneim el-Houni, said Libya would resume its League membership at a meeting of Arab ministers on Saturday.

The Arab League suspended Libya's membership in February after Muammar Gaddafi's forces launched a bloody crackdown to try to stop the uprising spreading in the east of the country.

Houni, a former Libyan envoy to the League, defected from Gaddafi during the early days of the revolt.

It was the first time the League announced its official recognition of the NTC. In a statement on Monday, Elaraby voiced solidarity with the rebel council's efforts.

Several Arab governments said they were recognising the NTC this week as rebels hemmed Gaddafi loyalists into their remaining strongholds in Tripoli.

Qatar gave its backing to the rebels in March and the United Arab Emirates followed in June. The chairman of the NTC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said on Monday it would favour foreign countries that had supported the rebellion.

In March the league backed a no-fly zone over Libya patrolled by mostly western powers which was regarded as a historic move given Arab opposition to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Since then, the League has sent only medical and humanitarian aid to Libya.

  • meridian - 2011-08-25 19:27

    Disinformation in the media now admitted by mainstream news and fierce fighting continues in Tripoli NATO are pushing for a ground invasion, further violating the UN resolution of a no-fly-zone, having bombed non-civilian targets, power plants, are handing over a Sovereign country to Rebels made up of a bunch of foreign milita, radical islams, al-queada and ex UK Special Forces, with NATO cutting down civilians in the streets with helicopters before they are cleared.

      Ingwe - 2011-08-25 19:39

      And you are quoting from Global Research one of the biggest conspiracy theorist web site out there, just about says it all

      Anton - 2011-08-25 19:53

      meridian, WOW, By the time we read all this, RAT NUMBER ONE AND RAT NUMBER TWO, will be enjoying the hospitality of the ICC !!!!

      john - 2011-08-25 21:53

      Global Research, lol. That's almost as bad as The owner of that site went completely ballistic about GW Bush. EVERYTHING was a conspiracy theory that Bush was out to steal the world's oil, control our minds, enslave us to corporations, etc etc. When the last election came up, he was pleading with people to vote for Obama to get the Republicans out of power. So I thought "Fair enough, he's anti-Republican and likes the Democrats." Obama wasn't in power two days and I looked up his site, expecting that he'd have nothing left to post conspiracy theories about. Lo and behold, his site was full of stories saying that Obama is out to steal the world's oil, control our minds, enslave us to corporations, etc. LOL. Some guys just have a hard-on for being controlled by the Illuminati and just have to reveal "the truth" to us poor mainstream sheep, heh.

      Anton - 2011-08-26 05:28

      John, Sooo true !!

  • slg - 2011-08-25 22:16

    Even the Arab League recognizes the new Libyan dispensation. So much for all the big-bad West viewpoints. Anyone posting these viewpoints are wrong and out of touch with the reality of the situation.

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