German cautious on recognising Libya rebels: source

10th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany expressed caution Thursday on the issue of recognising Libya's opposition as the country's representative, as France opened diplomatic relations with opponents of Moamer Khadafi's regime.

The question "has not arisen," a high-ranking government source said on Thursday.

"You do not recognise a government, you recognise a state," the source said under condition of anonymity. "The question of recognising a rebel council is not relevant in terms of international law," added the official.

Berlin recognises Libya's national transition council "as someone who speaks for some parts of the population," he added.

Earlier Thursday, state minister Werner Hoyer told the Frankfurter Rundschau daily that "the situation is still too confused to be able to decide how to proceed."

Even if the current government is "discredited", it is "still not clear" how a transition government would work, he said.

On Thursday, France became the first country to recognise Libya's opposition as its rightful representatives, pledging to send an ambassador to rebel-held territory rocked by violence, officials said.

© 2011 AFP

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