July 27, 2011 / 12:57 PM / 7 years ago

FACTBOX-International recognition of Libya's rebel movement

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday
that Britain recognised the rebel National Transitional Council
(NTC) as Libya's sole legitimate government.	
    On July 15 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said
Washington recognised the rebels as the legitimate government.	
    The announcement was made at a meeting in Turkey of the
international contact group on Libya and is an important
diplomatic step which could unlock billions of dollars in frozen
Libyan funds.	
    Libya's rebel NTC has declared itself the sole legitimate
representative of the Libyan people and has formed an interim
government while it conducts military operations aimed at
removing Muammar Gaddafi. 	
    At least 30 countries have now 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 recognition.	
    RECOGNITION OF NTC AS REPRESENTING LIBYAN PEOPLE	
    Albania	
    Australia	
    Austria	
    Belgium	
    Britain	
    Bulgaria	
    Canada	
    Croatia	
    Denmark	
    France	
    Gambia	
    Germany	
    Italy	
    Japan	
    Jordan	
    Kuwait	
    Latvia	
    Luxembourg	
    Maldives	
    Malta	
    Montenegro	
    Netherlands	
    Panama	
    Qatar	
    Senegal	
    Slovenia	
    Spain	
    Turkey*	
    United Arab Emirates	
    United States	
    	
    RECOGNITION AS OF NTC LEGITIMATE POLITICAL FORCE	
    China**	
    Russia***	
    Sources: Reuters, official government websites	
    NOTES:	
    * Turkey first recognised the National Council as a
legitimate representative of the Libyan people in June. However
officials said that did not mean it was the only representative
of the Libyan people, and they made the same qualification after
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu repeated this position on July
3. Turkey has cut its diplomatic ties with Muammar Gaddafi's
government.	
    ** 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.	
    *** Russia will not recognize the NTC as the sole legitimate
representative but it does recognize it as a party to the talks,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.	
    -- Russia has also said Gaddafi must go, but has criticised
the Western bombing campaign and urged talks between rebels and
the government. Lavrov suggested that recognising the rebel
council as Libya's sole legitimate government would not help.	
 (Compiled by Mark John; Additional writing by David Cutler,
London Editorial Reference Unit)
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