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S Korea recognizes Libyan opposition government

(Xinhua)

15:16, August 24, 2011

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korea said on Wednesday that it recognizes the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya's new government, welcoming the closing stages of the Libyan conflict.

Libyan rebels are reportedly edging closer to winning a battle against the country's strongman Moammar Gadhafi, with forces sweeping into Qadhafi's compound in Tripoli.

"(South Korea) acknowledges the National Transitional Council as the legitimate governing authority representing the Libyans," the foreign ministry in Seoul said in a statement, adding that it hopes the Libyans achieve political stability and build a democracy.

South Korea will provide the council with one million U.S. dollars and offer civilian humanitarian assistance, and is willing to assist the country's reconstruction efforts, the ministry said.

Local reports said that South Korea will also join the fifth meeting of the contact group on Libya, to be held in New York next month after the U.N. General Assembly, to discuss the international community's support for the rebels.

South Korea joined the group, which recognizes the NTC as the legitimate authority in Libya, in July.

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