Gaddafi ready to go, envoy tells France

2011-07-12 09:15

Paris – France’s foreign minister says Paris has had contact with emissaries of Muammar Gaddafi, who say the embattled Libyan strongman is “prepared to leave”.

Alain Juppe told France Info radio today that while the contacts do not constitute negotiation, “everyone (involved in Libya’s civil war) has contacts with everyone else”.

“The Libyan regime sends its messengers all over, to Turkey, to New York, to Paris,” Juppe added.

“We receive emissaries who are saying Gaddafi is prepared to leave. Let’s discuss it.”

A day earlier, French Foreign Ministry officials denied reports that France was negotiating with Gaddafi.

France is part of a Nato-led operation of air strikes against Gaddafi’s forces and has insisted Gaddafi must give up power.

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