Interview: Libyan opposition seeks more international recognition: spokesman   2011-05-13 07:17:26 FeedbackPrintRSS

BENGHAZI, Libya, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The Libyan opposition's spokesman said Thursday that the rebels are optimistic as more countries have recognized the legitimacy of the National Transitional Council, adding that lack of weapons is the major obstacle in fighting against the government troops.

In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, NTC's Abdel-Hafed Ghoga said that several countries have recognized the legitimacy of the NTC, including France, Italy, Qatar, and Gambia.

Some countries and organizations such as the European Union, some Arab nations, the United States, Spain, etc., have sent envoys to Benghazi to assist the NTC, although they have not yet formally recognized the opposition's legitimacy, Ghoga said.

Ghoga's words came as the opposition win more international support in recent days, as the U.S. government invited senior NTC official Mahmoud Jibril and a delegation to visit Washington on Friday, following British Prime Minister David Cameron asked visiting opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil to establish an liaison office in London earlier on Thursday.

Ghoga on Wednesday also met with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in his sudden visit to the opposition's base Benghazi. Sikorski said that before his visit he had consulted with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton who announced that the EU would open an office in Benghazi to help the opposition. However, he denied that his visit was a sign that recognizes NTC as a sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

"It's only a question of the legality of some of the countries, " Ghoga said.

The Libyan opposition is trying to seek more international support, as well as fighting against pro-Gaddafi forces in Misrata, Brega, Zlitan and some other cities still controlled by Gaddafi's forces.

The latest news from the battlefield showed that the two sides fiercely fought some 40 km west of Misrata.

Ghoga admitted that the rebel is still short of weapons, which is the major obstacle to achieving breakthrough in the front line.

The opposition's forces have improved much after more than two months of fighting in terms of equipment, planning and maneuvering, he added.

Commenting on how long will they end the war, Ghoga said that it depends on the situation in Tripoli.

Large scale demonstrations were going on in many of Tripoli's suburbs, he said, adding that protesters burned down a police station in Tripoli and Gaddafi is deploying troops from neighboring areas to the capital.

If the opposition gained the upper hand, the process will be shortened, Ghoga said.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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