Germany has become the latest country to recognise Libya’s rebel council as the legitimate representative of the people.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s endorsement while on a visit to Benghazi is significant as Berlin has been reluctant to be drawn into the conflict.
“We think the real work will start after the time of Gaddafi,” said Westerwelle. “It is very crucial to rebuild the country and to help the country so that means creating a better future for the people in Libya.”
Fighting is continuing on several fronts. Pro-Gaddafi forces are trying to keep the rebels bottled up in Misrata to prevent a march on Tripoli.
But rebel forces are said to have been inching their way into taking key ground west of Libya’s major port. However latest reports say Gaddafi troops have shelled an oil refinery in Misrata, leaving it badly damaged.