Germany grants 100 mln eur loan to Libya rebels


Germany will lend Libya’s rebel council 100 million euros for civil and humanitarian purposes, said Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Berlin has opposed the Western military intervention in Libya but has promised to help oust Muammar Gaddafi through peaceful methods and recognised Libya’s rebel council as its sole legitimate representative.
“We have decided to provide the Libyan transition council with urgently needed funding for civil and humanitarian measures,” Westerwelle said in a statement, Reuters reports.
“Due to Colonel Gaddafi’s war against his own people, the situation in Libya is extremely difficult. The funding is lacking to build necessary structures and to overcome supply shortages — from medical care to food.”
“People are suffering more and more from this (shortages), particularly in eastern Libya,” said Westerwelle.

The loan could be paid back from frozen Gaddafi assets once the United Nations Security council releases them to a new Libyan government, Westerwelle said.