Libyan rebels refuse AU-brokered ceasefire plan (2)

10:23, April 12, 2011      

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Mustafa Abdel Jalil, 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)

The AU mediators held talks with Gaddafi in Tripoli on Sunday. After the meeting, South African President Jacob Zuma said the Libyan leader had accepted the AU proposal.

Then they flew on to Benghazi, where demonstrators shouted " Gaddafi out" and tried to stop their vehicles when they were entering the hotel that held the meeting.

Since Monday morning, hundreds of residents in Benghazi have gathered in front of the hotel, rejecting any negotiation that allows Gaddafi and his family to stay in Libya.

Mull Sebujja Katende, Uganda's ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, said ahead of the meeting that what Libya needs now is a ceasefire of all involved parties and access for humanitarian assistance, and the negotiation should lead to transitional arrangements for political reforms.

"Gaddafi declared the ceasefire last month, but that is not reached through negotiation, it is a unilateral declaration," Sebujja said.

"The declaration should involve both parties and a credible mechanism must be put on the ground to observe it, and that is why we come here," he added.

The delegation has completed its mission with the Libyan government which has accepted the road map, Zuma said Sunday. He went to Tripoli with the heads of Mali and Mauritania to meet with Gaddafi, whose 42-year rule has been rocked by the conflicts that broke out nearly two months ago.
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