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Latin American countries divided over recognition of Libyan transitional council

English.news.cn   2011-08-24 15:30:34 FeedbackPrintRSS

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A growing number of Latin American countries on Tuesday voiced their decision to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya as the country's legitimate authority once the rule of Muammar Gaddafi collapses.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota conveyed the country's support for the NTC by saying it bolsters Libyan people's longing for freedom, democracy, and better institutional progress.

Charge de Affairs of Libya's embassy in Mexico Ahmed Elhafi said the Mexican government is expected to formally recognize the council.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman of Libya's embassy in Argentine capital Buenos Aires told Xinhua that Argentina has recognized the NTC as the legitimate representative of Libya.

"The embassy took down the green flag of the state founded by Muammar Gaddafi in 1969, and afterwards raised the green, black and red flag used by the new Libyan authorities," said Nur.

However, not all Latin American countries stand on the same side despite the mighty tide.

Ecuador, Venezuela and Nicaragua reiterated their tough stances against the Libyan opposition forces and slashed out at NATO's military intervention in Libya by launching air raids which are believed to be a crucial activator for Gaddafi's fall.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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