South Africa wants inclusive government in Libya
By Lelethu Mquqo
26 August 2011
The government wants elements of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime to be included in the reconstruction of Libya.
International Relations and Co-operation spokesperson Clayson Monyela says this was confirmed during this week’s Cabinet meeting.
Monyela says the stance is consistent with the African Union's road map for peace in Libya.
The South African government expects an interim government or authority to take over after the fall of Gaddafi’s government.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee has approved a US proposal to unfreeze $1.5 billion of Libyan assets to be used to provide critical humanitarian and other assistance to the Libyan people.
South Africa had been blocking the move for more than two weeks because it said channelling the money through the rebel government could imply recognition of the National Transitional Council.