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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.
United Arab Emirates
Sources: Reuters, official government websites
* 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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