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RP backs new Libyan government By Michaela P. del Callar 08/31/2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RP backs new Libyan government

By Michaela P. del Callar 08/31/2011

The Philippines yesterday finally withdrew its support for Libyan strongman Moammer Kadhafi and announced that it is officially recognizing the opposition-backed National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate government in Libya.

As members of the Kadhafi family departed Libya and sought refuge in neighboring Algeria, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) referred to the NTC as the “legitimate representative of the Libyan people” and urged it to “lead the country toward peace and security.”

“The Philippines recognizes the National Transitional Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people during this period of transition in the country,” a DFA statement said.

Manila’s support for the NTC indicates the country’s new policy toward Libya after it had hesitated in the past to immediately shift sides as Kadhafi’s grip on power waned to safeguard hundreds of Filipino workers from possible retaliatory attacks..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110831nat2.html

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