Libyan diplomats urge Arab League to recognize opposition

Libyan diplomats recently urged the Arab League to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC), a body formed by the Libyan opposition in Benghazi on 27 February, as the North African country's legitimate authority.

Libya's resigned Arab League representative Abdel Moneim al-Honi on Sunday sent a note to Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa demanding the League expel Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi from the body.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Muhammad Murad criticized the League for failing to take the necessary actions to protect Libya's revolutionaries despite threatening to impose a no-fly zone over Libyan territory. “As usual the Arab League’s decisions are weak and late,” he said.

Murad, who was named by Libya to the UN headquarters in Geneva on 3 March, refused to represent Moammar Gaddafi, saying he “stood by the Libyan revolution.”

In a statement on Saturday following his arrival to Cairo, Murad advised international authorities to enforce a no-fly zone.

"The military force between Gaddafi’s militias which own army planes, tanks and missiles is not equivalent to that of the rebels who only have light weapons," he said. “The imposition of no-fly zone will prevent Gaddafi’s fighter aircrafts from to bombing civilian sites in the liberated areas, and will prevent the transfer of more mercenaries brought in by Gaddafi from some African countries."

Ambassador Hisham Youssef, director of the office of the Arab League Secretary General, said the League does not object to communicate with any Libyan force. Youssef encouraged the NTC to contact League representatives, vowing to then immediately commence communications.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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