Algeria declines to recognize Libyan rebels

Algeria declined to recognize the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council on Friday, insisting it would adhere to the policy of "strict neutrality" adopted since the start of the conflict.

A Foreign Ministry statement sent to AFP was the first official comment from Algiers since the NTC took control of the capital in neighboring Libya, even as other countries in the region have been quick to endorse the rebels' victory.

"Since the start of the crisis in Libya, Algeria has declared... that it is an internal matter in Libya, which primarily concerns the Libyan people," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Amar Belani said.

Algiers "is following the latest developments with extremely close attention," Belani added, referring to the NTC's successful takeover of Tripoli this week.

Belani said Algeria has noted suggestions that it has not complied with UN Security Council resolutions against Moammar Qaddafi's crumbling regime, but insisted those claims were baseless.

A party belonging to Algeria's ruling coalition on Tuesday hailed the imminent end of Qaddafi's regime, but the comments were not reflective of the government's official position.

The Movement for the Society of Peace congratulated "the Libyan people on recovering their freedom and opening a new chapter," said a statement posted on the party's website.

Algeria, which has not formally called for Qaddafi to go, stands apart from its north African neighbors Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, which have all recognized the NTC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Algerian newspapers have been critical of the government's silence and warned that its indecisiveness would have repercussions on relations between Algiers and the future Libyan administration.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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  • Javier

    Those Algerian are unwilling to regcognize the Libyan CNT but have no trouble at all recognizing the Polisario terrorists in the desert ! This willall lead to the downfall of rough nations such as Algeria, South Africa Zimbabwe...it was vound to happen !

    August 26, 2011