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Date: 5 Sep 2011

OIC recognizes Libyan NTC, appeals worldwide Libya aid

Hameed Shaheen

ISLAMABAD: The 57-State Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has finally recognized the National Transitional Council (NTC) “as the only legitimate authority in Libya”, reposing its “full trust in its leadership”. “We believe that the NTC would start immediately the implementation of the post-Qaddafi roadmap for Libya approved by the International Contact Group”, was the optimism expressed by OIC Secretary General Prof Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in his address to the Saturday Paris International Summit on Libya participated by 80 heads of States and Chiefs of International Aid Organizations.

On the occasion the OIC reiterated its appeal to the Libyans “to do their utmost” to preserve national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of their country. “I would like to request the NTC and other stake holders to learn from history in order to avoid repeating mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are aware during the four decades of autocracy in the country (Libya), (where) state institutions could not flourish or develop as they were supposed to. However, we feel that nation building should be an all-inclusive political process and as such whatever is left of those institutions and bureaucracy should be accommodated and nourished while building capacity through establishing new democratic institutions in the country”, the SG passionately urged, OIC Secretariat sources said.

Seemingly moved by human events in oust-Gaddafi move the SG urged Libyans to observe restraint, avoid reprisals and violence and preserve their social cohesion without any spirit of rejection or discrimination”.

About re-building efforts the OIC SG pleaded the United Nations Security Council and the international community urgent measures to defreeze the national Libyan assets to allow the NTC to meet the challenges of providing the Libyan people with their immediate needs and to start the gigantic reconstruction processes.

The SG also assured Libyans of the readiness of member States of OIC and their institutions to provide all possible support and assistance to help them achieve peace, stability and development in their country. To mobilize needed political, economic and technical assistance for Libyan reconstruction an urgent meeting of the OIC Executive Committee at the ministerial level is also being convened, he added.

The NTC Chairman Mr Mustafa Abdul Jalil was also present in the summit hosted by President Sarkozy of France.

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