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30th September 2011


Tanzania expects to receive a delegation of the interim National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC) early October to deliver its message to President Jakaya Kikwete on how they are ruling Libya.

NTC, which has attracted and obtained recognition at the United Nations after getting 114 votes against 17, has not fully been recognised by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) to which Tanzania is a member.

Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe said Tanzania had not fully recognised the NTC to pave the way for evaluating its implementation of the African Union road map.

“We are still waiting for the NTC message to the government that will carry their identification, description of their policies and the request to be recognised,” he said.

AU formulated the road map that directed how Libya and opposition parts should resolve their political antagonism.

He said the AU had told the NTC to establish an inclusive government in order to be fully recognised.

“There are unanswered questions, who are behind NTC and why we don’t recognise them,” he noted adding: “There is a need for their identification and commitment to form a transitional government.”

Membe said NTC President Mahmoud Jibril met with President Kikwete at the UN General Assembly in New York City last week where initial discussions on the recognition of NTC by Tanzania and AU were held.

He argued that NTC President Jibril wrote a letter to the AU promising the implementation of the road map, while requesting for the recognition.

He said further on September 19, AU Chairman and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema addressed a letter to the UN General Secretary pledging AU’s recognition of the NTC.

Meanwhile, 29.5bn/- will be given soon to Tanzania after the government submits the account number to British Aerospace Engineering System (BAE) of the UK.

Membe said the BAE Systems had finally confirmed that Tanzania would get back its money.

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