Arab League chief backs Libya rebel council

The Arab League threw its weight behind Libya's rebels on Monday as their forces cornered Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists in their remaining strongholds in the capital Tripoli.

Arab League chief backs Libya rebel council

The Arab League threw its weight behind Libya's rebels on Monday as their forces cornered Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists in their remaining strongholds in the capital Tripoli.

"Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby offers his full solidarity with the ongoing efforts under the leadership of the National Transitional Council," the Cairo-based League said a statement that was its first formal acknowledgement of the council.

"This is a historic moment that marks a milestone in the history of the Libyan people. We hope the council's efforts are successful in leading the new phase and protecting the independence, sovereignty and integrity of Libyan lands."

The Arab League suspended Libya's membership after Gaddafi's forces launched a bloody crackdown to try to stop an uprising spreading in the east of the country in February.

The League then backed a no-fly zone over Libya patrolled by mostly western powers, a historic move given the bitter memory of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Since then the League has only sent medical aid to Libya and stopped short of formal dealings with the rebel council.

That changed on Monday as rebel fighters captured most of the Libyan capital.

Reuters

Last Mod: 22 Ağustos 2011, 16:54
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