Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Libya: African mediation undermined by the NATO raids, according to Zuma

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, who has gone, Monday, May 30 in Tripoli to meet with Muammar Gaddafi, said that the NATO raids were undermining the African mediation for peace in Libya. He also said the Libyan leader had accepted the roadmap proposed by the African Union (AU) and it was "ready" to implement it to stop the Libyan crisis, beginning with the cease- ceasefire must include "all parties" and include the termination of NATO bombing, "said Zuma to TV Jamahiriya and South Africa.

Mr Zuma has found that having to "ask the permission of NATO" to visit Libya "undermined the integrity of the African Union." "We can not allow this conflict lasts too long. This could lead to an unfortunate situation for Libya and perhaps Gaddafi himself," he added. NATO conducted the night of Monday to Tuesday, new raids on Tripoli and Tajoura, its suburbs, and Al-Jafra, 600 km south of the capital, state television reported Jamahiriya .

Mediation of the AU, who called NATO to stop its bombing, provides a cease-fire and the establishment of a transitional period leading to democratic elections. The new diplomatic initiative by Mr. Zuma comes as the Atlantic Alliance has intensified in recent days, its bombing in order to bring the decisive blow to the regime of Gaddafi.

Came to Tripoli to discuss with Muammar Gaddafi a strategy that would enable it to step down after nearly forty-two year reign, Mr Zuma went to the residence of the Bab Al-Aziziyah colonel to highlight two hours later. Libyan television showed footage of Mr Gaddafi, who hosted the head of South African state at the entrance of a building: it was the first public appearance of the Libyan leader for several weeks.

For its part, the National Transitional Council (CNT), the governing body of the rebels, has rejected the roadmap. For rebellion, "no negotiation is possible before [the] departure [Qaddafi] and his regime," he reiterated this weekend the President of the CNT, Moustapha Abdeljalil. The forces of rebellion fighting the Libyan regime of Gaddafi now be called National Liberation Army (NLA), has also informed the NLC, to reflect their "professionalism" tall.

The forces of rebellion that fights Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi now be called the National Liberation Army (NLA) has announced the CNT.

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