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NATO says remnants of Gaddafi forces unwilling to negotiate

(Xinhua)

08:40, September 14, 2011

BRUSSELS, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- A NATO spokesman said on Tuesday that remnants of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces were not willing to negotiate with rebel authorities.

"Despite NTC's (National Transitional Council) offer to seek a peaceful solution, as this week progressed, it became quite clear that remaining Gaddafi forces were not willing to negotiate and lose their grip on cities they still control," said Colonel Roland Lavoie, spokesman for NATO's Libya mission, from Naples via video link.

"By occupying and tightly suppressing cities such as Bani Walid and Sirte, Gaddafi forces are in a way taking the population hostage...In doing so, Gaddafi forces clearly demonstrated their intent to consolidate positions and threaten population in the triangle form of Bani Walid, Sirte and Sabha," he said.

He said that situations in Bani Walid and Sirte remained "very volatile" , but may change "rapidly."

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu Tuesday told reporters that "Libya has gone a long way and NATO has gone a long way in protecting the people of Libya, but our mission is not yet complete."

"In some part of the country, the situation remains fluid...We are determined to continue the mission for as long as necessary, but not a day longer than necessary. Our clear intention is to terminate the mission as soon as the situation allows," she said.

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