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Both sides of Libya conflict seek solutions

05-30-2011 14:38 BJT

TRIPOLI / BENGHAZI, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Both sides of the Libyan conflict were seeking solutions to the months-long crisis, as the government sent out a delegation to find a way out of the stalemate while the opposition intensified its bid to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Five Libyan officials, including the heads of the foreign affairs ministry and the customs bureau, and a representative to the Arab League, reportedly have crossed the Tunisian-Libyan border as part of diplomatic moves to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.

Amid escalated NATO bombings, the Gaddafi government is apparently looking for an exit out of the crisis, mainly turning to the Afrian Union (AU) which has been calling for an outright end to the NATO strikes.

In Benghazi, opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said on Sunday that the departure of Gaddafi is the only way out of Libya's crisis and the opposition would not hold any talks with the government.

"The only condition for holding talks of resolving the crisis is that Gaddafi, his inner circle and his family have no future in the political arena of Libya and they must leave," the chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC) told Xinhua.

"We only welcome the proposition regarding the ceasefire and peace settlement based on this condition," Jalil said.

Russia, which had long been criticizing the NATO-led air strikes on Gaddafi's forces, surprisingly toughened its stance on Libya during a recent G8 summit held in France's seaside resort of Deauville.

The summit, held from Thursday to Friday and attended by eight world powers, including Russia and the United States, ended with a unanimously-adopted declaration to ask Gaddafi to leave.

"Gaddafi and the Libyan government have failed to fulfill their responsibility to protect the Libyan population and have lost all legitimacy ...he (Gaddafi) must go," it stressed.

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