Did The African Union Really “Recognize” NTC As Libya’s Government?

At both meetings, the African Union 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 Commission on 5 September 2011, provided assurances stressing their commitment 1) to the African continent; 2) to give priority to national unity and to bring together all Libyan stakeholders, without any exception, to rebuild the country; and 3) to protect all foreign workers within Libya, including the African migrant workers. These commitments were in line with the provisions of the AU Roadmap.

Against this background, the Chairperson of the African Union, after further consultations, hereby announces 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.

The African Union 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.”

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Fransman explains SA turnaround on Libya

“Accordingly, the SA government recognises the NTC as representative of the Libyan people as they form an all-inclusive transitional government that will occupy the Libyan seat at the AU,” Fransman said.

Asked to spell out what this meant, Fransman responded: “What we are saying now, is if the country (Libya) says yes, they will have an inclusive governance institution… if they are then saying that they will follow the roadmap, as agreed to by the heads of state at the AU, we are saying let’s give them therefore the benefit of the doubt.”

To a question on what constituted an all-inclusive government in Libya, Fransman made it clear South Africa saw Gaddafi loyalists as part of this process.

“There are different issues in Libya. There’s tribal matters, there’s different groupings, political groupings and formations.

“The NTC, with all these undercurrents… has to work towards an inclusive governance and interim authority, because in the end there must be democratic elections. That will include even those… who were with Gaddafi historically,”

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