Libyan leader Gaddafi with African traditional leaders who named him "King of Kings." Gaddafi was elected as African Union Chairperson at the summit in Ethiopia on February 2, 2009., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
African Union Will Not Recognize Rebels
The African Union will not yet recognize Libyan rebels as the new government of Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said Friday, rejecting calls for recognition from Libyan rebel leaders.
AU (mathaba) -- African Union (AU) Libya committee chairman, South African Foreign Minister Jacob Zuma has re-iterated the 5-month constant call of the African Union for an immediate cease-fire and withdrawal of NATO forces from African territory.
Zuma confirmed the Libyan capital of Tripoli was not yet under full rebel control. The vast majority of Tripoli still remains out of control of rebels who are facing stiff resistance from the armed population, who bear arms to protect themselves from the invading forces.
He spoke as AU leaders met in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the next action they should take regarding Libya, having already condemned the NATO attacks and the UN for violating its own charter and laws. Some African States have received inducements to recognize the TNC but the majority refuse to recognize the rebels.
“Fighting is still going on. That is the reality,” said Zuma, who chairs the AU committee on Libya. “We can't say this is a legitimate (government) now.”
Today it was revealed that the military commander of the rebels in Tripoli who have been on the rampage and failed to secure the city from the democratic Jamahiriya government is an Al-Qaida asset. This will cause consternation in western capitals as it is yet again shown that they are supporting Al-Qaida in Libya.
Popular Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and other analysts including Mathaba Libya Analysts have long pointed out that Al-Qaida, which was firmly under control in Libya and with its fighters locked up in prison, had been released as part of a CIA plan to destabilize Libya, which was known as the "Switzerland" of Africa.
Before the western-led attempt to seize control of Libyan wealth in alliance with an unstable alliance of disparate rebels including Al-Qaida, united mainly by their hatred of Qaddafi and the popular democratic Jamahiriya government, the country enjoyed some of the highest standards of living in the world.
Thanks to the nationalization of resource assets the citizens of Libya enjoyed free unlimited world-wide health care and education, free housing and free electricity, a payment of $60,000 on getting married, and an additional $500 monthly into their bank accounts, from sharing the revenue of the nation among its population.
According to Associated Press (AP) reports, the American news agency quoted Zuma as saying that the AU did not rule out pro- or anti-Gaddafi forces from taking part in a future Libyan government.
African countries like Ethiopia and Nigeria that already recognised the rebels were free to do so and also support the AU position, AP reporting him as saying.
The same AP report however printed two monstrous lies in one sentence, one that the rebels control the majority of the country which Mathaba reporters on the ground absolutely verify is untrue, and "have already been recognised as the legitimate authority by most of the world."
Most of the world, according to western media including AP, the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera and others, appears to mean just 40 countries out of a total of 192.
Earlier in the day, Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the rebel National Transitional Council, called for recognition from the AU and the urgent release of frozen Libyan assets, saying the government could face a “legitimacy crisis” if the Libyan people's demands are not met, according to AP.
Now the opposition says it urgently needs at least $5 billion in frozen assets to pay state salaries and maintain services in Libya, including areas still under Gaddafi control.
Funds are also needed for an army and a police force to restore order and confiscate arms, he said.
“If the services expected by the citizens are not met, we may be faced with a legitimacy crisis,” Jibril said at a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Jibril was in Turkey to attend a meeting of the so-called “Contact Group” of some 30 countries leading efforts to occupy Libya, led by Libya's ancient colonizer nations, England, France, Italy and Turkey.
The U.S. bribed South Africa to accept a deal Thursday that will release $1.5 billion in Libyan assets in American banks which the U.S. is earmarking for the cash-strapped rebels.
Mathaba Analysts estimate that as much as $150 billion of Libya's money is frozen in banks worldwide under orders from the banking cartel of Europe and America. This includes $32 billion paid by Libya of a total $42 billion set-up budget for an African Monetary Fund and African Central Bank to lift International Monetary Fund and World Bank control over Africa.
The African Central Bank, African Monetary Fund and African Investment Bank were to be launched this September as the major corner stones of an African project supported by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to free Africa from the clutches of foreign private central banks and other economic predators.
Several European nations, including Britain, France and Italy, are releasing some hundreds of millions, i.e. less than one thousandth of the Libyan money stolen by the western banks, and giving those funds to the rebels while retaining the rest to fill the empty coffers of western banks and pay for the imperial invasion of Africa.
“The waving of the new flag, international recognition and financial support are the three pillars for a sovereign Libya,” Turkish minister Davutoglu said.
However, people world wide have taken up the pure green flag of the Libyan Jamahiriya and adopted it as their own, after a call from the revolutionary leader explaining that the green flag is the property of all the people of the world, unlike the flags of governments which oppress them.
His call has been taken up by people around the world and in particular in Serbia, where the Qaddafi is popular as he supported the Serbians morally during the NATO aggression on the former Yugoslavia several years ago. Serbian volunteer fighters have also gathered in Libya to fight for Qaddafi against the rebels.
Serbians have also set up the most popular out of many thousands of Facebook support pages for Qaddafi, "Support For Muammar Qaddafi From The People of Serbia". Muammar Qaddafi has not opened a Facebook account due to it being a "CIA spying platform" although it is the most popular social media network.