KILLINGS: Libya rebels said to be murdering Black African migrant workers

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KILLINGS: Libya rebels said to be murdering Black African migrant workers
KILLINGS: Libya rebels said to be murdering Black African migrant workers

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (AP) — The chairman of the African Union says Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people in Libya because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries.
Chairman Jean Ping told reporters Monday that this is one of the reasons the AU is refusing to recognize the National Transitional Council as the country’s interim government.
He said “We need clarification because the NTC seems to confuse black people with mercenaries …. They are killing normal workers.”

Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council appears to have secured Libya’s capital after a week of fierce fighting with loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
He said there was no doubt the council now controlled the capital city and called on both sides to “stop the killing.”

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African Union grants conditional recognition to Libyan rebels.
By Argaw Ashine in Addis Ababa

KILLINGS: Libya rebels said to be murdering Black African migrant workers
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Africa Union Commission chairman Jean Ping has said the body will recognise Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) if they guarantee the formation of an inclusive transitional government.
The AU’s new position came after a mounting criticism against the pan-African organisation for failing to act on Libya and seeming to side with the crumbling regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
More than 20 AU member countries already recognise the Libyan rebels amid confusion and a sense of dilemma surrounding the continental bloc.
The AU chief acknowledged the unilateral recognition of the TNC by some member states even as the organisation weathered embarrassment and criticism.
“They have a right and we encourage them to do so,” Mr Ping told reporters at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. He stressed the NTC should move to form an all-inclusive transition government.
“If the NTC manage to form an inclusive transition [government], the AU is ready to recognise [them],” the AU chief said.
He explained that ‘inclusive’ did not necessarily mean Gaddafi had to be part of the transition.