Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The South African president in Libya to negotiate with Gaddafi

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrived Monday, May 30 earlier this afternoon in Tripoli, where he will begin a mission of good offices with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Zuma arrived shortly after 14 hours at the airport Maatiga and was greeted by Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi. President Zuma will meet with Colonel Gaddafi to try to find a compromise between the Libyan leader and the rebels seeking for three months to remove him from power.

The African Union has proposed a "roadmap" to end the conflict, which was accepted by the regime but was rejected by the National Transitional Council (CNT), the governing body of the rebellion. The mediation of the AU provides for a cease-fire and the establishment of a transitional period leading to democratic elections.

The pan-African body also called on NATO to stop its bombing, bombing the African National Congress (ANC) party to power in South Africa, has condemned Sunday. Side of the rebellion, the President of the National Transitional Council (CNT), Moustapha Abdeljalil, confirmed this weekend that "no negotiation is possible before [the] departure [Qaddafi] and his regime." Furthermore, the coffers are empty and the rebels using the international community is needed, argued Sunday's oil minister and finance the rebellion Jamahiriya Ali Tarhuna.

"I have no resource, we are in a critical situation, our friends must remember that we are at war." "Eight senior members of the brigades of Gaddafi, including four generals of brigade, joined the revolution," said Mahmoud Chammam, information officer at CNT. "The eight soldiers are currently in Rome and they will speak to reporters during a news conference in the afternoon," said Chammam, reached by telephone in the Italian capital.

He said, in response to a question, that military rebels had passed through Tunisia, without giving further details. The Libyan regime accuses NATO of killing eleven civilians in bombings, 150 km from Tripoli. "The civilian and military sites in the region of Wadi Kaam, Zliten to have been the target of raids Monday in the cross-colonialist aggressor," reported the official news agency JANA, adding that "eleven martyrs fell and a number of people were injured.

If the deaths are confirmed, it would be one of the biggest mistakes made by the international coalition since the start of the intervention on a UN mandate on 19 March. NATO has in turn announced they had destroyed twenty military objectives during the strikes carried out Sunday, including seven involving military vehicles and missile launchers in the vicinity of the rebel enclave of Misrata.

"In two months we have made significant progress. We have seriously reduced the ability of Gadhafi to kill his own people", on Monday welcomed the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "The reign of terror Qaddafi is coming to an end. It is increasingly isolated at home and abroad.

It is time for Kadhafi to leave."

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