Diplomat: African Union will not recognize Libya rebels

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma says the African Union will not yet recognize Libyan rebels as the new government of Libya.

Zuma called for an immediate cease-fire and said the Libyan capital of Tripoli was not yet under full rebel control. He spoke as AU leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Friday to discuss the next action they should take regarding Libya.

The Libyan opposition is setting up an interim government in the capital of Tripoli despite ongoing street battles. They hold almost all of the country and have already been recognized as the legitimate authority by most of the world.

But many African nations have long ties with Col. Moammar Gadhafi and the AU has had difficulties taking a unanimous stand.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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