September 20, 2011
September 20, 2011
Morocco World News and Agencies
The African Union finally announced on Tuesday that it is recognizing the National Transitional Council of Libya as the main representative of Libyans. This step came on the sidelines of the UN High Level Meeting on Libya hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday.
The African Union’s chairman, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the President of Equatorial Guinea announced that “the African Union recognizes 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 African Union.”
This step by the pan-African body will deprive the Gaddafi regime of its last diplomatic support, while reinforcing the international recognition of the NTC.
The AU also urged the National Transitional Council to protect innocent people, namely African migrant workers. After reports showing that Gaddafi was recruiting black African mercenaries to help quell the uprising, rebels have been targeting sub-Saharan migrants believed to have been recruited by Gaddafi since the start of the uprising.
The African Union has been frequently criticized for its ambivalence and hesitant reactions towards the events unfolding in Libya.
After four decades of autocracy and tyranny, the Libyan people can let out a sigh of relief as they turn the page of Gaddafi regime to write a new chapter in the history of their country.
The flag of the new Libya was flying on the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of the General assembly general debate that will start tomorrow.
The red, black and green flag of the new Libya also took its place among the flags of UN member states at the world body’s European headquarters in Geneva in a ceremony on Tuesday, replacing the green flag of the Kadhafi era, AFP reports.
Ibrahim Aldredi, the ambassador who sided with the rebels since the beginning of the uprising in February said that “”It is really a very emotional moment to see the flag”.
Many head of States and governments took part at this meeting. Mustapha Adulajalil, President of the National Transitional of Libya, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Nicolas Sarkozy of France, the Emir of the State of Qatar, the President of South Africa, the Prime Minister of Turkey, and the Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom were among the prominent world leaders that addressed the high level meeting on Libya.