African leaders meet with Gaddafi

In a statement from Tripoli, the African Union (AU) says Muammar Gaddafi has assured the presidents of five African countries that he supports their efforts to bring about a ceasefire.

The AU committee met with Gaddafi yesterday in Libya’s capital and travels to Benghazi, Libya, today to meet Gaddafi’s opposition.

On the truce, the AU says Gaddafi endorsed efforts, “including the deployment of an effective and credible monitoring mechanism”.

The AU committee on Libya is seeking an immediate ceasefire, the free delivery of humanitarian aid, the protection of foreigners in Libya, and to open talks between the rebels and the government.

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