JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- South African Government announced to recognizes the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the representative of the Libyan people as they form an all-inclusive transitional government that will occupy the Libyan seat at the African Union (AU), the department of International Relations and Cooperation said on late Tuesday.
“It should be stressed that South Africa, through the AU Ad Hoc Committee, remains ready to offer its full support in this respect and to the overall efforts to stabilize the situation, promote democracy and reconstruction; and encouraged the Chairperson of the Commission to expeditiously take all steps required for the AU to play an active role in the ongoing efforts in Libya, in line with relevant Peace and Security Council decisions,” the international relation department said in a statement.
On the same day, AU recognized NTC as legitimate authority of Libya, according to the South African presidency. South African President Jacob Zuma has spearheaded AU peace efforts in Libya and visited the war-torn country twice in a failed mediation bid.
“The Government of South Africa would also like to further reiterate its readiness and commitment to work with the United Nations, the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union, and NATO, to ensure a coordinated support to the Libyan people,” the statement added.
Before Tuesday's announcement, South Africa and the AU refused to recognise the NTC as the new legitimate authority in Tripoli, Libya.
Earlier this month, the South African Cabinet reconfirmed the country's commitment to the AU roadmap as the best option to resolve the conflict in Libya.