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Libyan rebel representative set for White House talks

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-14

Libyan rebel leader Mahmud Jibril (pictured) holds talks with US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon at the White House on Friday in a push to secure official US recognition of the rebels' political body, the National Transitional Council.

AFP - Senior Libyan rebel Mahmud Jibril will hold his first talks at the White House on Friday, but his calls for Washington to recognize his movement as the country's rightful rulers look set to be dashed.

Jibril also warned ahead of talks with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon that the opposition-led National Transitional Council (NTC) was running short of money and was in desperate need of help in its fight with Moamer Kadhafi.

US officials would not say whether President Barack Obama would drop by Jibril's meeting with Donilon, a practice sometimes used by the White House for guests for whom protocol does not dictate an official meeting.

Asked by CNN television what he expected from Friday's talks with the US administration, Jibril replied: "We need the recognition."

The Libyan opposition, based in the eastern city of Benghazi, wanted Washington to recognize the body as "the sole legitimate interlocutor of the Libyan people," he added.

Unlike France, Italy and Qatar, the United States has not yet recognized the NTC. Jibril told CNN he believed that Jordan would recognize the opposition in the coming days.

"All we need is for the world to understand our cause and help us get our legitimate rights realized," he said.

But White House spokesman Jay Carney signaled that Washington, which helped launch the NATO military operation against Kadhafi's forces but has since taken a support role, was not ready to grant full status to the NTC.

"If the question is recognizing the (NTC) as the official government of Libya, I think that's premature," he said.

But Carney added: "We think that the Council serves and has served as a credible and legitimate interlocutor for the Libyan people, for the opposition."

Jibril, the senior Libyan figure who handles foreign policy for the NTC, has also been meeting senior congressional figures and other administration officials in Washington.

He warned earlier that the Council was facing a "very acute financial problem" and needed help from the US administration.

Last week in Rome, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Kadhafi regime's frozen assets in the United States would be used to help the Libyan people.

Around 30 billion dollars (20 billion euros) in Libyan assets have been frozen in the United States as a result of economic sanctions.

Jibril's visit comes as the Obama administration gradually steps up contacts with Kadhafi's opposition to better understand the movement before deciding on the extent of US assistance.

The Libyan rebel movement is becoming increasingly well known in the capitals of nations policing a NATO-led no-fly zone over Libya and leading air strikes against Kadhafi's forces.

The opposition's immediate concern was to meet the humanitarian needs of the Libyan people, Jibril told CNN.

Recent NATO air strikes have been very effective against the onslaught by pro-Kadhafi forces, he said. "Protecting civilians is a job that has to be carried out against this genocide taking place day and night."

"Libya is facing a critical crisis right now," he said, adding that he was "worried about the future of Libya, the aftermath."

The rebels were also open to negotiating an end to what he called the "genocide and manslaughter" going on in the north African nation, including allowing Kadhafi to go into exile in another country.

 

Date created : 2011-05-13

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