Int'l mediation lacks progress in Libya as NATO escalates raids

15:23, June 01, 2011      

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Latest international mediation efforts in Libya made little progress while NATO escalated its air strikes on forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


In a latest effort to defuse Libyan tensions, South African President Jacob Zuma visited this North African country Monday, but was unable to break the chronic deadlock.

Zuma said Gaddafi was ready to carry out an African Union (AU) roadmap for solving the crisis, which called for political dialogue between the government and the opposition, necessary political reforms, and more effective measures to protect civilians.

Zuma, representing the AU, hurriedly left the Libyan capital Tripoli after an hours-long meeting with Gaddafi, who hadn't made a public appearance over the past half month.

The Libyan leader has regarded the AU, which has all along opposed NATO air strikes against Libya and appealed for political solutions to the standoff, as a reliable mediator.

But the Benghazi-based rebels rejected the roadmap, saying it didn't include the departure of Gaddafi, their key demand.

Libyan opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil, in an interview with Xinhua on Sunday, said the departure of Gaddafi was the only way out of Libya's crisis and the opposition wouldn't hold any talks with the strongman.

"The only condition for holding talks of resolving the crisis is that Gaddafi, his inner circle and his family have no future in the political arena of Libya and they must leave," said Abdul Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) based in Benghazi.

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Source: Xinhua
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