Tanzania Not Ready to Recognize NTC

Map from Libya 360. Was current on 20 September 2011. Notice that north-south, not east-west, is the more reliable geographic indicator of whether a nation supports NATO's NTC.

Xinhua News Agency

DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) — Tanzania is yet to recognize the new Libyan rulers led by the National Transition Council (NTC) before it fulfills conditions set by the Africa Union (AU), official media reported on Thursday.

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co- operation, Mahadhi Juma Maalim, told the National Assembly in Dodoma, the capital of the East African country, Tanzania will not recognize any regime that comes to power through unconstitutional means, according to the official Dailynews.

He cited Madagascar as the example, saying after Marc Ravalomana was re-elected in 2006, his government was dissolved in March 2009, in a militarily-backed uprising led by Andry Rajoelina. He said the existing regime led by Rajoelina is still not recognized by Tanzania.

He said further that Tanzania has not been convinced to recognize the Libyan government until it meets three criteria set by AU which include the formation of an inclusive transitional government that will involve all segments and tribes in Libya.

He also said that the transitional government should foster on reconciliation and unite all the Libyan people in an all inclusive government in line with the AU Road Map on Libya, which will culminate with holding democratic, peaceful, free and fair elections in the North African nation.

The Deputy Minister also said that the transitional government should ensure the existence of an independent Parliament and courts of law.

“The above criteria does not mean for Libya only, it has always been Tanzania’s stance not to recognize regimes that have failed to meet the existing international laws, rules and customs. It is the same criteria that Tanzania used not to recognize such regimes in Mauritania, Guinea, Niger, and Madagascar,” he said.

He noted, however, that after meeting the requirement for recognition, Tanzania now recognizes the governments in Mauritania, Guinea and Niger but Madagascar has since failed to meet the criteria.

“We cannot recognize NTC. We have always denounced similar events in other countries, any such motion will be seen as double standards. Unless we are sure of the participation of Libyans in its formation and the officials leading it, we will recognize it,” he said.

He further stated that Tanzania strongly condemned last month’s killing of former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and hundreds of thousands of other Libyan people.

“We never kept quiet … Tanzania’s stance was very clear since the beginning of this war. We did not support the resolution,” he said in response to a query by Khalifa Khalifa, a legislator for the opposition party, Civil United Front (CUF).

Editor: Zhang Xiang

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