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White House says Gaddafi appeals to Obama for ceasefire

04-07-2011 09:06 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi did write to President Barack Obama appealing for a halt of NATO airstrikes, stressing that the conditions for a ceasefire lie in action rather than words.

"We can confirm that there was a letter, but obviously not the first," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard the Air Force One as Obama flew to Philadelphia.

He said that Obama had made clear the conditions for a ceasefire a number of weeks ago, which include "cessation of violence, withdrawal from the cities and the menacing sort of positions that the Gaddafi forces had taken."

"Words are different from actions," he added.

The Libyan government on April 1 rejected a ceasefire offer made by the opposition, in which the government forces were asked to withdraw from towns they control.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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