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Vol 52 No 19

Published 23rd September 2011


Libya

Recognised but risky

Transitional National Council leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil had a hero’s welcome at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 20 September but Africa was deeply divided over the new regime. United States President Barack Obama paid fulsome tributes to Abdel Jalil and his fellow revolutionaries but US diplomats remain extremely cautious. They are also aware that when Obama told Abdel-Jalil, ‘We will stand with you as you seize this moment of promise’, his government was saying exactly the opposite to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, who is expected to apply for full UN membership on 23 September.

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