Germany recognises rebels as representing Libya

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Germany recognises the rebel National Transitional Council as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Libyan people, Berlin's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Monday.

"The NTC is the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people," Westerwelle told reporters after meeting council officials, including the rebel "foreign minister" Ali al-Essawi.

"We want a free Libya, in peace and democracy without (Moamer) Kadhafi," he said in the rebels' eastern bastion of Benghazi, Libya's second city.

Germany becomes the 13th nation to recognise the NTC as "sole legitimate representative," after Australia, Britain, France, Gambia, Italy, Jordan, Malta, Qatar, Senegal, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

© 2011 AFP

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