The African Union has voted on the matter of recognition of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC). It has said that it will not explicitly recognise the NTC, which has beenrecognised by more than 40 countries worldwide as the legitimate government of the newly-liberated Libya.
The outcome of the African Union’s lamentable decision underscores the influence ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had within the AU. The self-styled ‘King of the African Kings’ was the organisations main financial backer and had given massive aid packages to several African leaders, many of which it is now alleged provided him with mercenaries post the February 17 uprising. Bizarrely, the AU called for an inclusive transitional government for Libya that would involve officials from the former Gaddafi regime. It seems to have escaped the attention of the AU that Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the Chairman of the NTC, was Minister of Justice (unofficially, the Secretary of the General People’s Committee) under Colonel Muammar al-Qathafi from 2007 to 2011. Jalil has announced that free and fair elections will be held in Libya by next April. Surely it is up to the people of Libya who they chose to take part in their new democratic government. “The AU peace and security council is weighted with countries who have backed Gaddafi in the past or owe him favours. They will not recognise the NTC” said one senior Western diplomat with knowledge of such negotiations. Officials present at the summit said the 15-member council was divided almost in half between countries that have recognised the NTC and countries that have not. The council comprises , Benin, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
At the meeting, a senior South African government source said the AU could recognise the rebels, but said the group may want some from Gaddafi’s side involved in a transition. Only three heads of state attended the emergency summit. Two of them, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, have been vocal supporters of Gaddafi, which may have influenced the group’s decision. It appears it will take many African leaders a great deal longer before they re-appraise their benevolent neighbour, who showered them with money that belonged to his people in a vain and narcissistic attempt to be the first leader of what might have been Africa’s equivalent of the EU. In reality the AU is nothing like the EU. With the exception of few representatives hailed from countries such as South Africa and Ghana, the individuals grasping the stalk of this union’s umbrella are heinous African rulers, criminals to most seasoned observers; obviously not leaders. As members of this union, these despots – the sponsors of the endless African misery – are united for a common purpose: helping each other in crisis time.The notion that the AU resembles the EU in any real sense is regarded by most statesmen worldwide to be as insane as Qathafi himself. The motto on the AU’s homepage is ‘Integrated, prosperous, peaceful Africa’ … sorry? Integrated?