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Libyan Rebel Council Recommended to Take Seat at UN Next Week

The National Transitional Council should represent Libya at the United Nations General Assembly next week, in what would be a major step toward international acceptance of the rebel group that deposed dictator Muammar Qaddafi, the UN Credentials Committee decided today.

The committee will recommend to the president of the General Assembly that the NTC be accredited, according to Alberto Aleman of Panama, who chairs the panel. The 193 UN members will make the final decision on Sept. 16, General Assembly President Nassir al-Nasser of Qatar told reporters yesterday.

NTC Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril likely will head the Libyan delegation to the UN, al-Nasser said. Jibril is scheduled to address the General Assembly on Sept. 27.

Al-Nasser also said that Mohammed Shalgham, who was Qadaffi’s ambassador to the UN until his defection on Feb. 26, will return to the same post. Shalgham is a former Libyan foreign minister under Qaddafi.

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