U. S. to Recognize Libyan Rebels
Move eases way to providing funding to the rebels.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the U. S. will formally recognize the Libyan rebels as the legitimate government of Libya:
ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration has decided to formally recognize Libya’s main opposition group as the country’s legitimate government. The move gives foes of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi a major financial and credibility boost.
Clinton announced Friday that Washington accepts the Transitional National Council as the legitimate governing authority of the Libyan people. Diplomatic recognition of the council means that the U.S. will be able to fund the opposition with some of the more than $30 billion in Gahdafi-regime assets that are frozen in American banks.
Clinton made the announcement at an international conference on Libya in Istanbul.
This is rather a long time in coming and I interpret the move as confidence on the Obama Administration’s part that the Qaddafi government will fall sooner rather than later.
As of today 27 countries recognize the TNC as the legitimate government of Libya with the U. S. now joining France and most of the rest of Europe including the Russian Federation (in part), Canada, Australia, Qatar, and Ghana in recognizing the Transitional National Council as the legitimate government of Libya.