The Cuban government does not recognize Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council (NTC), and recalled all its diplomats, the Cuban foreign ministry said Saturday.
“Cuba does not recognize the National Transitional Council or any provisional authority and will only give recognition to a government without foreign intervention, by the free, sovereign and sole will of the brotherly Libyan people,” said the ministry in a statement.
The statement said Cuba has withdrawn its ambassador and first secretary in Tripoli, who “have taken risks and accompanied the Libyan people in this tragic situation,” adding Cuban diplomats “have witnessed the bombing of NATO against civilian targets and the killing of innocent civilians.”
Libya has suffered a bloody civil war between rebels demanding the departure of leader Muammar Gaddafi and the troops loyal to him since February.
Cuba said the NATO-led military intervention against Libya has only sharpened the conflict and “prevented the Libyan people from moving towards a negotiated and peaceful solution.”
Cuba also accused NATO of “killing thousands of people with the “vulgar excuse” of civilian protection, and of “ignoring the constructive initiatives of the African Union and other countries.”
The statement also criticized NATO’s plans to promote a similar intervention in Syria and urged the international community to “prevent a new war, and support the right of the Syrian people to its full independence and self-determination.”