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AUSTRALIA is about to recognise Libya's rebel opposition as the nation's legitimate representatives.
Fairfax newspapers report Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to make the announcement early this morning.
Mr Rudd will say the Australian government recognises the rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) as the "legitimate interlocutor of the Libyan people", the newspapers said.
Other countries, including Britain, Italy, France and Spain, have already recognised the TNC and have broken links with the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
A high-level Australian delegation will reportedly travel to the Libyan city of Benghazi next month, where the rebels are based, to meet TNC representatives.
First we are told that we don't know who exactly the rebels are.
Now we are recognizing them as the legitimate representatives of Libya?