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South Africa Stands Firm Between Libya Crisis and Rebel Recognition

South Africa condemns any form of imposed regime change - Jacob Zuma

By David Smith (Mail & Guardian),

The South African government has defended its refusal to back a United Nations proposal to release $1.5-billion of Libyan assets and to recognise the country’s rebel authority, despite growing criticism at home and around the world.

The United States proposed a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that Libyan assets — frozen by the UN to starve Muammar Gaddafi of resources – be released for the benefit of the rebel National Transitional Council.

South Africa says it will approve $500-million of the package for urgent humanitarian assistance, but opposes the release of the -remaining funds because the interim structure has not been recognised by the UN itself. Continue reading South Africa Stands Firm Between Libya Crisis and Rebel Recognition