Germany lends Libyan opposition 100 mln euros: FM

09:16, July 25, 2011      

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The German government said Sunday that it would lend Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) 100 million euros (144 million U.S. dollars) for humanitarian and reconstruction purposes.

The month-long conflict between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's army and rebel troops has made the situation in Libya "extremely difficult," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.

There is a lack of resources to "build up necessary structures and to ease supply shortages -- from medical equipment to food," he said.

Germany officially recognized Libya's rebel council as the country's sole legitimate representative when Westerwelle arrived in Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi in mid-June.

Germany in March abstained from a United Nations Security Council vote authorizing military action to protect Libyan civilians, and has been standing by its decision not to join in the NATO air strikes against Gaddafi's troops.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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