Victory is near, Gaddafi son claims
Cairo - Two of the sons of the fugitive Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have given very different statements to the press on their readiness to surrender, as the rebel forces appeared to have almost defeated loyalists.
Al-Saadi Gaddafi reportedly called for an end to the bloodshed, and was prepared to consider surrender in return for a guarantee of safety, in an interview with the broadcaster Al Jazeera late Wednesday.
But his brother Saif al-Islam was quoted by CNN the same evening as calling on the remaining government troops to "attack the enemy wherever they are," claiming that "victory is near."
Both men said they were authorised to speak in the name of their father Muammar Gaddafi, whose whereabouts were unconfirmed, although al-Islam claimed he was well and living in a suburb of the capital.
The rebels have given the remaining pockets of resistance loyal to the regime until Saturday to surrender.
International leaders were to meet Thursday in Paris to discuss the Libyan situation.