The African Union declined Friday to recognise Libya's rebel authority and instead called for the formation of an all inclusive transitional government.
With rebels still battling diehard forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi, South African President Jacob Zuma said at the end of an AU Peace and Security Council meeting in Addis Ababa that the rebels were not yet legitimate.
"There is a process in Libya wherein the NTC (National Transitional Council) forces are in the process of taking over Tripoli ... but there is still that fighting going on.
"So we can’t therefore stand and say this is the legitimate one now," Zuma told reporters.
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The pan-African body called on Libyan parties to set up a transitional government ahead of elections.
The AU "encourages the Libyan stakeholders to accelerate the process leading to the formation of an all-inclusive transitional government that would be welcome to occupy a seat in the African Union", the bloc's Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra told reporters.
Several African countries have on their part individually acknowledged the authority of the Libyan rebels.
Ethiopia and Rwanda this week urged the AU to do the same.