Libyan gov't accepts AU peace roadmap, agrees to talks with rebels (2)

16:08, April 11, 2011      

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Libyan rebels celebrate 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)

At a joint news conference in Algiers with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said they hoped the "fighting in Libya would end and dialogues would be launched soon."

"Cuba has earlier condemned foreign intervention in Libya," said Parrilla, who is on a three-day visit to Algeria, adding his country is "concerned about the killing of innocent civilians there."

Also on Sunday, NATO's air force stepped up its attacks against Libyan government forces. The coalition said dozens of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ajdabiyah and near Misrata were destroyed.

Since NATO took command of Western military operations in Libya from the United States on March 31, its war planes have made over 1,500 sorties, including 643 intended as strike missions as of April 10.

A senior Libyan official accused NATO of only enforcing UN resolutions on the government forces. He also said the government forces shot down two U.S.-made Chinook helicopters used by the rebels in the eastern part of the country.

The International Red Cross expressed in Geneva concerns about several thousand foreign migrants stranded in Misrata, living under tarpaulins and shelters.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) entered the city by sea for a day to evaluate medical conditions and aid needs, an ICRC spokeswoman said.

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