Libyan gov't accepts AU peace roadmap, agrees to talks with rebels

16:08, April 11, 2011      

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A man stands beside an abandoned tank in the eastern town of Ajdabiya, Libya, April 10, 2011. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accepted the African Union's "road map" to end conflicts in the country, South African President Jacob Zuma said Sunday. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday agreed to end conflicts and open political dialogues with rebels, key terms in a "roadmap" to peace proposed by African Union (AU) mediators in the country.

Leading a high-ranking AU delegation, South African President Jacob Zuma met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan leader's Bab al-Aziziyah compound with four other African leaders.

"We have completed our mission with the brother leader, and the brother leader's delegation has accepted the roadmap as presented by us," said Zuma.

"We also in this communique are making a call on NATO to cease the bombings to allow and to give a ceasefire a chance," he added.

The delegation arrived in Libya's capital city of Tripoli earlier Sunday and will travel west to rebels stronghold of Benghazi, 1,000 km east of Tripoli.

The AU early Sunday urged an immediate end to all hostilities in the war-torn Libya and made a proposal to set up a transition period for adopting reforms.

The statement also called for humanitarian aid and dialogue between the Libyan government and the opposition parties.

Algeria and Cuba on Sunday called on all concerned parties in Libya to end clashes and launch peace talks as soon as possible.

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