Nato rejects Gaddafi call for ceasefire

2011-04-30 17:01

Brussels - Nato has rejected strongman Muammar Gaddafi’s offer of talks to end the conflict in Libya and wants to see "not words but actions" to stop attacks on civilians, an alliance official told AFP.

"We need to see not words but actions," the official said, after Gaddafi earlier on Saturday offered to hold talks with France and the United States, even as his forces pressed their offensive against the key rebel-held port city of Misrata.

"[UN Security Council Resolution] 1973 explicitly calls for an end to attacks on and abuses of civilians. The regime has announced ceasefires several times before and continued attacking cities and civilians," the official said.

The official noted that earlier on Saturday Gaddafi’s forces had "indiscriminately shelled Misrata, killing many people, including children" and tried to mine the port to block the access of humanitarian aid.

"All this has to stop, and it has to stop now," the official said.

"Any ceasefire or peaceful solution must be credible and verifiable. And it must pave the way for a solution which responds to the legitimate demands of the Libyan people for political reforms," the official added.

The official noted that Nato foreign ministers in a statement earlier this month said the alliance will continue its operations in Libya "until all attacks and threats against civilians have ceased; until all of Gaddafi’s forces, including his snipers, mercenaries and paramilitary forces have returned to bases; and until there is full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need of assistance.

"We will continue to keep up the pressure until the UN mandate is fulfilled."