Slovenia Recognizes Libya’s NTC


On July 20 in Benghazi, Libya, the National Transitional Council received recognition by Slovenia as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

This recognition comes at a time when Libyan rebels battled pro-Muammar Qaddafi forces in Misrata on July 20.

The rebels were trying to win control over the key town of Zlitan, located on the road leading to the capital Tripoli.

The wounded arrived at a rebel field hospital near Dafniyah. Rebel medics said that pro-Qaddafi militiamen were also treated at the hospital.
On the same day, the rebel Foreign Minister, Ali Al Essawi, said that a delegation headed by Slovenia’s State Secretary recognized the National Transitional Council.

Al Essawi: "We welcome this visit by the Slovenian State Secretary. Slovenia was one of the first states to invite us to visit its government, but our engagements have prevented us from visiting them. Today, Slovenia recognized the National Transitional Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people. Slovenia provides us with medical aid, as well as sending a medical delegation to treat our sick and injured. Slovenia has declared its support for the Libyan people, by political means and humanitarian commitments."

This recognition coincides with a request made by a Libyan rebel delegate to French President Nicholas Sarkozy for rebels to provide them with arms to overrun Tripoli within the following days.

Mustapha Ajbaili