U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

July 15, 2011

U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

Turkey – The United States, representatives of international organizations, including the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union met in Istanbul. At the meeting the group reiterated their support for the Libyan opposition, the Transitional National Council, which is based in Benghazi, eastern Libya, and for a transition of power from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime to the TNC.
The Associated Press reports Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton  said that Col. Qaddafi’s government no longer had any legitimacy,  and that “the United States will recognize the T.N.C. as the legitimate governing authority for Libya, and we will deal with it on that basis.”
Tens of billions in frozen Gadhafi regime assets in the U.S. and elsewhere are still inaccessible to rebel opposition because of the lack of recognition and U.N. sanctions.
Military action against Mr. Gadhafi’s government will be intensified while the UN secretary-general’s special envoy to Libya, Abdul Elah Al-Khatib, presses for negotiations to end the conflict, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
It is not clear whether Gadhafi intends to fight on in the hope of keeping his grip on the territory round Tripoli or seek an exit strategy that guarantees security for himself and his family, but he is not seen having any future role in Libya.
“Countries are starting to look past Gadhafi. He’s going to go, and the meeting can be a useful place to take stock of and prepare for that transition,” one senior U.S. official told reporters aboard Clinton’s plane before it landed in Istanbul for the meeting.

Publisher: Salient News

1 comment on “U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels”

Dominic Caraccilo

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