China has held up moves by
Britain, France and Germany to get a UN sanctions committee to release
five billion dollars of frozen Libyan assets to buy emergency aid,
diplomats have said.
The United States had to threaten to seek a full UN Security
Council resolution last week to get South Africa to end its hold on the
release of 1.5 billion dollars in frozen Libyan regime assets.
time China's UN mission is seeking authority from the Beijing
government before approving the bid by the European nations to get
"humanitarian aid" to Libya.
However, the Secretary General of the International People's Conference Organization to which the Libyan General People's Congress is a member, has told Mathaba that any moves by China to allow the frozen assets to be released to any other than the GPC as elected by the Libyan people, would be illegal and a justification of outright theft.
The IPCO Secretary General said that Dr Baghdadi is still the head of government in Libya and that all such decisions can only be made by the convening of the Basic People's Conferences across Libya and that there is "no doubt" that they would not approve the releasing of Libyan people's assets to the western "bankrupt aggressor" nations.
Secretary General confirmed that the Libyan government is far from over, it convenes twice yearly and would be convening right now if it was not for the dire war situation brought about by the "NATO and Al-Qaida invasion" of Libya, and re-affirmed that "so long as Muammar Qaddafi is alive and the Conferences have not convened, then the situation remains unchanged as to the government."
Britain wanted to release about one
billion pounds (USD 1.6 billion) of Libyan currency printed by a British
firm, British officials said.
Germany has asked the sanctions
committee to "to authorise the release of up to one billion euros from
assets of the Libyan Central Bank frozen in Germany," said a spokesman
for the German UN mission.
"It is our objective to make these
funds available to the Libyan people, as soon as possible, in particular
for humanitarian assistance," the spokesman added. Observers point out however, that the "humanitarian assistance" would be given exclusively to the rebel side, and not the population which make up the legitimate government of Libya.
France has also asked for more than one billion euros to be released, diplomats said.
such requests are passed by the UN's Libya sanctions committee if no
objection is made for a three day period after an application is made.
of the missions commented on whether the applications had passed but UN
diplomats said China had put a block on the European requests.
freeze on assets by Muammar Gaddafi's regime and entities linked to the
government was ordered by the UN Security Council in February and March
as Gaddafi stepped up his deadly crackdown on opposition protests. All
15 Security Council members sit on the sanctions committee.
Africa held up a US application to release funds in US banks for more
than two weeks because of concerns that it could imply recognition of
the Libyan rebel government.
South Africa and the African Union has not yet recognized the rebel national transitional council nor have the vast majority of the member states of the UN.
deal under which a US request did not mention the rebel government by
name avoided a vote on a full Security Council resolution to have the
The UN Security Council is to discuss Libya today.