June 22, 2011 / 1:24 PM / 6 years ago

FACTBOX-International recognition of Libya's rebel movement

June 22 (Reuters) - Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council has declared itself the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people and formed an interim government while it conducts military operations aimed at removing Muammar Gaddafi.

A total of 19 states as of June 22 have publicly recognised the NTC as legitimately representing the Libyan people.

Others have implicitly recognised the Council as a political force -- for example by visiting its leaders in its Benghazi stronghold, or hosting them for talks -- but have stopped short of fully recognising it as representing the Libyan people.

RECOGNITION OF NTC AS REPRESENTING LIBYAN PEOPLE

United States*

France

Britain

Italy

Spain

Turkey**

Qatar

Maldives

Kuwait

Gambia

Jordan

Senegal

Australia

Germany

United Arab Emirates

Canada

Panama

Austria

Latvia

RECOGNITION AS OF NTC LEGITIMATE POLITICAL FORCE

China***

Russia****

Malta

Sources: Reuters, official government websites

Notes:

* A May 23 State Department note called the NTC “a credible and legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people”. In June 9 comments to journalists in Abu Dhabi, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the Council as “the legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people during this interim period.”

** The Turkish Foreign Ministry says that while it sees the NTC as “a legal and credible representative” of the Libyan people, it does not see it as the sole representative.

*** Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi described the NTC diplomatic chief Mahmoud Jibril as an “important dialogue partner” during Jibril’s trip to Beijing in June.

**** Mikhail Margelov, President Dmitry Medvedev’s special representative for Africa, met Libyan rebel leaders in Benghazi in June.

(Compiled by Mark John; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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