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TUNIS (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has been travelling around close to Tripoli, meeting tribal leaders and preparing to retake the Libyan capital, his spokesman said on Friday.
Reuploaded with permission from 123VivaDjazair Radio interview on IRRB French service of Thierry Meyssan who was one of the Journalists in TRIPOLI during the night of the fall of Tripoli. He describes the events that he witnessed and gives us a perspective that completely contradicts what we have been hearing on mainstream media
MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund recognizes Libya's National Transitional Council as its government and will send a team there as soon as security permits, its chief, Christine Lagarde, said on Saturday.
"I'm very pleased to report that the IMF now recognizes the interim governing council as the official government of Libya. In this context the fund will stand ready to help the authorities through all the service the fund provides," Lagarde told a news conference at Group of Eight talks in the French Mediterranean port of Marseille.
Its transitional government got a boost Saturday when the IMF said it now formally recognises it, paving the way for the fledgling administration to benefit from the IMF's financial help.
"The fund stands ready to help the authorities through technical assistance, policy advice, and financial support if requested, as they begin to rebuild Libya's economy," IMF chief Lagarde said.
"The new authorities will also need to quickly restore oil production to generate revenues, stabilise the currency, re-establish a payment system, introduce sound public financial management, and start reforms to foster a more inclusive and sustainable growth for the benefit of all Libyan citizens."
IMF staff are ready to travel to Libya for an initial fact-finding mission as soon as security conditions allow, Lagarde said.
This week both Egypt and Tunisia -- which are due to hold elections before the end of the year -- said they had so far received little or nothing despite the grand promises made by the G8 in Deauville.
I'm getting reports of heavy fighting in Benghazi. It's unclear who is in control. The NTC has left the city and has taken refuge on the 'Mistral', a french warship. The NTC cannot go to Tripoli either.
KIEV, September 13 (Itar-Tass) — Relatives of the Ukrainians, whom the Libyan rebels took prisoner August 21, have asked for help, the press service of Ukraine’s ombudswoman for human rights Nina Karpacheva said.
It said an appeal for help came from three women living in the southern city of Kherson. Their husbands are among this country’s nationals seized by the forces reporting to the Transitional National Council.
The applicants said in the appeal their relatives and other Ukrainians under arrest now had come to Tripoli in early July to work under a contract with the Dakar oil and gas ./’;company and to fill the positions of builders, engineers and oil workers.
The new Libyan authorities are keeping them locked on the compound of the company’s dormitory but no official charges against or demands to them have been made.
An oil tanker is sailing to the Libyan port of Mellitah, a sign the nation may be resuming energy exports after months of fighting that led to the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi, ship-tracking data show.
The Newlead Avra, capable of hauling about 540,000 barrels, signaled earlier today about 30 miles from the Libyan coast, the data compiled by Bloomberg show. The 229-meter (750-foot) vessel is 7.9 meters deep in the water, compared with a maximum draft of 14.45 meters when fully loaded. It can carry crude or refined-oil products, according to Bureau Veritas Group, which monitors ships’ compliance with laws on seaworthiness.
Libya wants to resume crude exports in two to three weeks, Guma El-Gamaty, the U.K. coordinator for the country’s National Transitional Council, said Sept. 8. Shipments from the country, holder of Africa’s biggest oil reserves, plunged during a conflict that escalated in February and led to leader Qaddafi being deposed.
The National Transitional Council has agreed to uphold agreements with China made before the fall of Moamer Kadhafi, Beijing said Tuesday, a day after recognising the NTC as Libya's government.
China, which has substantial investments in Libya, had long helped prop up the Kadhafi regime before the uprising began, and was the last permanent member of the UN Security Council to formally recognise the NTC.
"The NTC has agreed to abide by the one-China policy and all the treaties and agreements with China," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters.
The policy on the sensitive issue of Taiwan says that there is only one China, which Beijing has the right to rule, despite the island's self-government since the end of a civil war in 1949.
The Asian giant has invested billions of dollars in rail, oil and telecoms in Libya, and has commercial and strategic reasons for not wanting Western countries to exert too much influence there.