Ethiopia and Nigeria Recognize NTC as Interim and Legitimate Authority in Libya, Call Others to Do So
The decision was announced by Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Nigerian Foreign Minister Olubenga Ashiru.
According to the joint press statement, the two countries said the recent unfolding events in Libya amply demonstrated that the National; Transition Council (NTC) is in control of the greater part of Libya, including Tripoli.
The statement said: “We call upon all peace loving countries in general and African countries and the African Union in particular to contribute to peace and stability in Libya by recognizing the authority and legitimacy of the NTC.”
Ethiopia and Nigeria are on the side of the NTC in this important juncture of the history of Libya, the statement declared.
“We stand ready to extend to them the support necessary to facilitate the achievement of the difficult tasks of establishing an inclusive transitional government, re-construction, national reconciliation, and peace building in order to meet the yearnings and legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people for human rights, democracy, the rule of law and good governance.”
According to the joint statement, to ensure the realization of the lofty objective, we urge the African Union to and its members to be consistent by extending to the NTC the type of support and recognition that was extended to Tunisia and Egypt. source – ENA