Libyan rebels refuse AU-brokered ceasefire plan

10:19, April 12, 2011      

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Mustafa Abdel Jalil (C), chairman of the opposition Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC), speaks to the media at a press conference in Benghazi, Libya, April 11, 2011. Libyan rebels on Monday rejected a road map initiated by the African Union calling for ceasefire between the rebels and forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, because it did not include the ouster of Gaddafi. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)


Libyan rebels on Monday rejected a road map initiated by the African Union (AU) calling for ceasefire between the rebels and forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, because it did not include the ouster of the ruling family.

Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, chairman of the rebels' Transitional National Council (TNC) and the country's former justice minister, said the initiative "did not respond to the aspirations of the Libyan people."

The AU proposal did not discuss Gaddafi's removal and instead only involved political reforms, he added. He also strongly rejected any mediation initiative that could pave the way for Gaddafi's stay in power.

Gaddafi and his family must leave Libya, Abdul-Jalil told a press conference in the opposition's stronghold of Benghazi. "It ( the African Union's road map initiative) has already surpassed the time. We know the departure of Gaddafi and his sons is the people' s demand," he added.

The African Union's road map called for an immediate ceasefire, cooperation in opening channels for humanitarian aid and starting a dialogue between the rebels and the government, without mentioning any requirement for troops loyal to Gaddafi to pull back from Brega, Ras Ranuf, and Misrata.

A delegation comprised by leaders from South Africa, Mali and Mauritania arrived in Benghazi Monday to meet with Libyan rebels, trying to broker a ceasefire between the government forces and the militants in Benghazi.

The delegation tried to convince people in Tripoli and Benghazi to stop the war but after four hours of talks, the rebels rejected the terms of the ceasefire deal.
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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