August 26, 2011 / 8:48 AM / in 6 years

AU won't recognise Libyan rebel council: diplomats

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union will not explicitly recognise Libya’s national transitional council (NTC), two Western diplomats said on Friday.

Libyan rebel leader and senior member of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Mahmoud Jibril, speaks during a joint news conference with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) in Istanbul August 26, 2011. Jibril said on Friday the transitional government-in-waiting will seek a seat at the United Nations next month following the apparent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi this week. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

“The AU peace and security council is weighted with countries who have backed (Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi in the past or owe him favours. They will not recognise the NTC,” one senior Western diplomat with knowledge of negotiations in a closed-door heads of state summit. A second diplomat confirmed the statement.

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