(2011-09-01) The Mozambican government has stated that it does not recognise the Transitional National Council (TNC) of Libya which is composed of rebels fighting the regime of Muammar Gaddaffi.
According to the newspaper “O Pais” the TNC has been recognised by over 60 countries, including some in Africa, but the Mozambican government considers that the rebels violated diplomatic protocol by raising their flag in Maputo without first informing the authorities.
Diplomatic staff of the Libyan Embassy on 24 August at a press conference in Maputo declared that they had renounced the regime of Muammar Gaddaffi and are supporting the TNC. The diplomats raised the rebel’s tricolour flag, replacing the green flag of Libya.
According to “O Pais” the government has said that it is unable to take any action against the Libyan diplomats in Maputo. However, the paper pointed out that in neighbouring Zimbabwe the government has expelled diplomats who have given their support for the rebels.
Quoted in the paper, Deputy Foreign Minister Henrique Banze said that “despite being in our country, the embassy is Libyan territory and we cannot make any decisions within another country”.
The Mozambican government’s position is that it will continue to monitor the situation in Libya until the parties arrive at an agreement based on dialogue, in line with the last meeting of the African Union.
This may prove to be an irrelevance as the rebels, who have effectively taken control of the Libyan capital of Tripoli and ousted Gaddaffi, have made clear that the time for negotiations has passed.
From: peter the land is libian, however these people were send here by ghadaffi and they presented letters from him.
these people are here illegal now and must be kicked out, now. it will create a president.
they dont represent a legal government. 2011-09-01