Germany recognises Libya rebels as sole government
13-Jun-2011 (one comment)

Germany has recognised Libya's rebels as "the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people".

"We want a free Libya, in peace and democracy without [Muammar] Gaddafi," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in the rebel stronghold Benghazi.

About a dozen states have recognised the National Transitional Council.

Germany came under criticism for its refusal to back a UN Security Council resolution authorising Nato action to protect Libyan civilians.

The NTC emerged from the forces which began a revolt against Colonel Gaddafi's rule on 16 February.

After months of bloody conflict, Col Gaddafi remains in control of the capital Tripoli while the rebels hold Benghazi and much of the east.

His government said on Monday it had repulsed an attempt by rebels to take the western town of Zawiya, just 30km (18 miles) from Tripoli.

The town was under rebel control at the start of the revolt but troops backed by tanks recaptured it after two weeks of heavy fighting.

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Rommel said: Africa no mon-amour

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The last time we germans went to this area in full combat suit was exactly 70 years ago, lead by the desert-fox Erwin Rommel. Although the local folks greeted us with great hospitality, the british army, which by chance was there at the same time, turned our expedition into a night-mare. Therefor we decided to come back only as tourists, although the conflict with the brits remains even on the hotel pools nowadays.

About Col. Gadaffi:  Yes, Darius, I have to confess:  I was also waving hands to him and throwing red roses when he visited East-Berlin and we were given half a day off from school only to show our solidarity and deep feelings of brotherhood with all peaceful and progressive nations. This must have been around 35 years ago. Good old times of totalitarism.