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Libya’s rebels given seat on UN

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London Independent
Sept 17, 2011

The United Nations gave strong backing to Libya’s former rebels, handing their National Transitional Council the country’s UN seat and lifting and modifying some of the sanctions imposed on Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. They also freed up billions of pounds worth of Libyan assets held overseas.

The General Assembly’s vote last night to accept the credentials of the National Transitional Council, which led the rebellion that ousted Gaddafi, gave its representative the right to speak at the United Nations.

Libya’s former deputy ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi, who early on denounced Gaddafi and backed the rebels, addressed the Security Council hours later.

“Today is undoubtedly a decisive, historic day in the life of the Libyan people,” Mr Dabbashi said. “It is an indication that dictatorship has fallen, a period of terror, of denial of freedom, and of violation of human rights has now come to an end for the Libyan people.”

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