Monday, April 11, 2011

Libya insurgents reject ceasefire AU

Libyan rebels are unwilling to compromise. The cease-fire proposed by the African Union (AU) is not possible without the departure of Gaddafi, has announced the opposition leader, Moustapha Abdeljalil, at a press conference in Benghazi, Monday 11 April. "The initiative was presented today is outdated.

The people demand the departure of Muammar Gaddafi and his son," said Abdeljalil. "Any initiative that does not take account of this request is not worthy of consideration," he added. "Gaddafi and his son must leave immediately if they want to save their lives," he said. The opposition leader was speaking after talks with a delegation of African presidents mandated by the AU to plead for a cease-fire as part of a "roadmap" agreed on Sunday by M .

Gaddafi. The peace plan of the AU called for the immediate cessation of hostilities, an easy delivery of humanitarian assistance and the launching of a dialogue between the parties for a Libyan transition. Earlier in the day, the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, had reacted to the roadmap of the AU, welcoming this "effort to reach a political solution in Libya," while appearing cautious on the conditions of the cease-fire proposed by the AU.

It was thus felt that it should be "credible and verifiable" understanding "effective protection of the civilian population." Mr. Rasmussen also indicated that NATO would maintain the pace of air operations in Libya, dictated by the objective of protecting civilians.

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