Representatives of member states of the UN Security Council vote in favor of a resolution at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, Sept. 16, 2011. The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution to ease sanctions against Libya`s assets and arms, and set up a UN mission to help restore public security and initiate economic recovery in the North African country. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations General Assembly Friday approved Libya`s National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate holder of the country`s UN seat, at 114 to 17.
The 193-member assembly voted to let NTC representatives take over Libya`s UN mission despite oppositions from some Latin American and African countries which did not want the seat to be occupied by a "faction or illegitimate transitory authority imposed by foreign intervention."
The move means NTC Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil will be able to attend next week`s UN gathering of world leaders in New York. He is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly.
Egypt`s UN Ambassador Maged Abdel Fattah Abdelaziz said his country trusted the "ability of the National Transitional Council to represent the Libyan people properly in the General Assembly and in other international fora."
"The National Transitional Council has made all of the necessary commitments to the African Union, to the Arab League and to the Untied Nations," said the ambassador.
"We are not convinced that there is any other legitimate option that could be considered in meetings of the African Union or the Arab League or the United Nations rather than allowing the National Transitional Council of Libya to occupy the seat," he said, opposing the attempt by some African countries to delay the vote.
Some 90 countries, including a number of African countries, now recognize the NTC, but the African Union has so far refused to do so and sticks to its "roadmap" for Libya, which calls for an inclusive government in the country.
A representative from Equatorial Guinea, who is currently acting president of the African Union, told the general assembly that the African Union has always supported the rights of the Libyan people and has never said that it is not going to recognize the NTC.
"But it has requested that a government be formed, after which they would have their seat in the African Union and then we would support and recognize it. This has not been the case thus far," said the diplomat, adding that General Assembly decision "shows once again that there is a lack of harmonization and coordination between the African Union and the United Nations."
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BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- China pledged Friday to play an active role during post-war reconstruction in Libya.
"China believes the relationship between China and Libya will develop smoothly with joint efforts," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said during a daily press briefing. Full story
Russia backs lifting no-fly zone over Libya
MOSCOW, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia supports to lift the no-fly zone over Libya imposed by the United Nations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.
The UN is currently drafting a resolution on softening sanctions against Libya, which would lift part of ban on financial operations and arms supply. Full story
British PM, French president visits Libya in show of supports for NTC
BENGHAZI, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who had arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Thursday, appeared in the east city of Benghazi, in show of supports for the National Transitional Council (NTC).
"The people of Britain salute your courage," Cameron told a cheering crowd in the Tahrir Square in Benghazi, the cradle of the unrest that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi. He said the people in Britain and France will assist the Libyan people in build their country for the future. Full story