[QODLink]
Africa
Libya regains Arab League seat
The regional bloc restores Libya's membership, turning over the country's seat to the rebels' political leadership.
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2011 23:41
The National Transitional Council has replaced Gaddafi at the Arab League as Libya's recognised government [EPA]

The Arab League has readmitted Libya to the regional bloc, turning over the country's seat to the National Transitional Council (NTC) and effectively recognising the rebel body as the legitimate authority in Libya.

Mahmoud Jibril, the deputy chief of the NTC, represented the Libyan delegation at the meeting on Saturday in Cairo.

He urged Arab nations to help rebuild and stabilise his country and asked the league to assist in unfreezing  Libyan assets abroad.

In a statement issued early on Sunday, the league called on "the UN and countries concerned" to "unfreeze the assets and property" of Libya.

Arab foreign ministers called "on the Security Council and the countries concerned to assume their responsibilities in these difficult circumstances that the Libyan people are undergoing by rescinding the decision to block the funds, assets and property of the Libyan state," the statement said.

They also asked the UN "to permit the National Transitional Council to occupy the seat of Libya in the United Nations and its various organisations."

The 22-member organisation suspended Libya's membership in February in a protest against Muammar Gaddafi's crackdown on demonstrators.

On Thursday, the UN Sanctions Committee on Libya unfroze $1.5 billion for humanitarian aid, but that amount is just a fraction of what has been frozen since the country's conflict began six months ago.

Outside the Arab League building in Cairo, a man replaced Gaddafi's green flag with the rebels' flag beside the other members' flags.

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.