Europe ready to back Libya rebel gov't in UN

September 15, 2011 23:52

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, - Europe is ready to recognize Libya's interim government in the United Nations, but will push it to become more inclusive, the European Council president said on Thursday.

Herman Van Rompuy, on a visit to South Africa, said Europe would back the interim National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya's official representative.

"We are even ready to recognize they can take the place of Libya in the United Nations," Van Rompuy told reporters after meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma in the sprawling Kruger National Park.

Zuma has failed to recognize the NTC, putting South Africa at odds with the West and fast-growing economic rival Nigeria. South Africa's support of Muammar Gaddafi has its roots in a long-standing close relationship between the countries.

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