Rome: The Italian foreign minister says Italy has recognized the opposition Libyan National Transitional Council as the only legitimate voice in Libya.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini also said Monday that the departure of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi is a precondition to any solution to the conflict in the north African country and former Italian colony.
Frattini spoke after talks in Rome with the interim council`s foreign envoy.
Also Frattini said that proposals by a Libyan envoy to end the crisis are "not credible" because nothing was said about the departure of Moammar Gaddafi.
An envoy of Gaddafi told Greece`s prime minister Sunday that the Libyan leader was seeking a way out of the crisis.
But Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday that the proposals were not credible because the departure of Gaddafi is a "pre-condition" to any settlement.