The African Union has refused to explicitly recognise Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), in a setback for Libyan rebels who have already been recognised as the legitimate government by more than 40 countries.
Instead, the AU on Friday called for an inclusive transitional government in the North African state that would
also involve officials from Muammar Gaddafi’s side.
“(The) council … calls for the formation of an inclusive transitional government, the establishment of a constitutional and legislative framework for the democratic transformation of Libya as well as for support towards the organisation of elections and a national reconciliation process,” Ramtane Lamamra, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said following a meeting of the body’s Emergency Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s leader, said the AU would not recognise the NTC as the legitimate government as
long as fighting continued in Libya.
“If there is fighting, there is fighting. So we can’t stand here and say this is the legitimate (government) now. The process is fluid. That’s part of what we inform countries – whether there is an authority to recognise,” Zuma said.