Gaddafi won't go, says Libya PM

2011-05-27 07:54

Tripoli - Libya's prime minister on Thursday said the government had asked the United Nations and African Union to prepare and monitor a ceasefire, but ruled out the departure of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

"We have asked the United Nations and the African Union to set a date and specific hours for a ceasefire, to send international observers and take the necessary measures" to end combat, said Baghdadi al-Mahmudi.

Earlier, African leaders gathered at a Libya-focused summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa called for an end to Nato air strikes to pave the way for a political solution to the north African nation's protracted conflict.

But Nato insisted it would keep up its air raids in Libya until Gaddafi’s forces stop attacking civilians and until the regime's proposed ceasefire is matched by its actions on the ground.

"If the Gaddafi regime is serious about finding a solution, all it needs to do is end its attacks on civilians, withdraw its forces, and permit full, safe and unhindered access to humanitarian aid," a Nato official told AFP.

London-based daily The Independent reported on Thursday that the Libyan premier was sending international leaders a message proposing an immediate UN-monitored ceasefire in Libya.

According to a letter seen by the newspaper, Gaddafi’s regime was ready to enter unconditional talks with rebels, declare an amnesty for both sides and draft a new constitution.

The Spanish government confirmed it had received a message to that effect.

The Nato official, however, said the western alliance had received no such request and noted that the Gaddafi regime had made "similar statements" before, only to continue its attacks on civilians.

"Nato will keep up the pressure on the regime until these steps are implemented in a credible, verifiable and sustained way," he said.

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-05-27 08:40

    there will be no peace until that mad man has been removed from power.

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-27 08:46

    Clearly he is planning to make like Mugabe and with Zuma involved, well another sickly power sharing agreement might be on the table. Hopefully NATO will ignore it and this time get rid of the evil.

  • GT - 2011-05-27 09:20

    send him to Limpopo! (the bottom of the river, not the province)

  • Utopian - 2011-05-27 10:07

    The only reason why Gaddafi is being targeted so aggressively now is because he has gathered large support for his plan to create an African currency to rival the Dollar and the Euro. Obviously the powers that be cannot have that now.

      stuart.steedman - 2011-05-27 10:55

      What would they call it? The Afro? Please. Most of Africa hasn't figured out how to tie its own shoelaces yet, let alone to introduce an African currency that would rival international ones. In fact, I'm going to have to go ahead and call it that you're just trolling, since I don't think anyone could be that earnestly stupid.

  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-27 10:13

    Chorus: even Mubarack said so the Tunisia moron said so Mugabe still saying so Gaddafi still saying so Verse1: Everbody dies but not everybody lives.yeah checkit out yeah

  • YES - 2011-05-27 10:13

    It is for Allied forces' own good to accept the offer if they want to safe face. The duration of the war has sofar expose limitations on the part of a coalition despite being backed by Nato.

  • Anton - 2011-05-27 11:18

    You are so wrong PM. This rotten Gaddafi with his lovely sons, will go, dead or alive. The Lebyans deserve peace and democracy, like we do in SA.

      Barr. Fazal KUILA - 2011-05-27 12:19

      Idiot, how do you want us to practice what is in USA?, are we Americans? We Africans love Gaddafi, he is going nowhere. I pray everyday that Osama group get raid on American and European continent and kill more than what they did at the 9/11. Americans are now using that SLAVE "Osama" sorry Obama to destroy Africa, God punish you all...

  • juliusedwa - 2011-05-27 11:37

    Pandu, and where is the African countries now? it seems no one willing to assist Gaddafi? shame on them I wonder how many states assisted by Libyans but now that theys are afraid of western, shame on them...

  • contributor - 2011-05-27 12:59

    I must say I feel uneasy if Africa (in the form of the governments in Addis Ababa) tells Europe and the USA to stop bombing on the continent, and they (NATO) refuse flat and infact indicate that they will continue until their demand is met!!! How comforting as an African to know that other continents can bomb us at will!!!

  • JustinD - 2011-05-27 14:14

    No he wont go, he will rather be carried out in a body bag.....what a useless prick.

  • Anton - 2011-05-28 19:45

    Barr. Fazal KUILA Shame, it can't be easy, being soo confused ! !

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