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Russian FM says compromise possible between Tripoli and Benghazi

06-01-2011 15:07 BJT

MOSCOW, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said here a compromise is possible between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the opposition, because the opposition had recognized the necessity of Gaddafi's representatives' participation in peace talks, according to local media reports.

"Such elements, on which a ceasefire agreement may be reached and peace talks may be launched, are really taking shape today," Lavrov was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.

In recent days, Russian authorities and Libyan opposition have been in close contact to discuss the situation in the northern African country.

Lavrov urged foreign forces who have interfered in the Libyan conflict not to put up any obstacles to the talks between the two warring parties in Libya and not to go beyond the UN Security Council resolutions on Libya.

Lavrov said Libyan opposition is "open for talks" but insists to negotiate with "neutral personalities or technocrats" from the government.

He said the opposition also agrees to talk with "no blood- stained representatives of the armed forces."

So far, the three-month conflict in Libya seems to have reached a deadlock, as the opposition controls the east part of Libya and some of the west but cannot advance westward further to the capital of Tripoli.

South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday met with Gaddafi in Bab al-Azizia in Tripoli and said later on the day that Gaddafi is ready to carry out an African Union roadmap for solving the crisis in the North African country.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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