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AU offers talks on Libya transition

07-02-2011 11:41 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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The Libyan government and the country's rebels are set to soon hold transitional negotiations in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. That's according to the latest diplomatic mediation brokered at the 17th African Union Summit. The AU also rejected the use of force to oust Muammar Gaddafi from his country, proposing his participation in reforms.

The latest round of diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis in Libya ...

African Union leaders have offered to host talks between the Libyan government and the rebels on a ceasefire and a transition of power.

The proposal was presented to representatives of Gaddafi and rebels attending a summit of the group in Equatorial Guinea.

Jacob Zuma, South African President, said, "We are very happy that we have reached this point that we can now say very soon we will be launching the talks in Addis Ababa and we believe that we will get the necessary support from everyone."

The Libyan government and the country's rebels are set to soon hold transitional negotiations in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. That's according to the latest diplomatic mediation brokered at the 17th African Union Summit.

The proposal also intends to offer an easy way out for Gaddafi, rejecting to act on the ICC arrest warrants issued against him, his son and his intelligence chief.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea President, said, "President Gaddafi is a Libyan. To say that he should leave, to us, this is not something that the African Union can accept. We are saying that it should transpire in a way that allows others to participate in power. He should participate in the reforms that we want, but he will remain as a Libyan citizen."

Analysts say the AU's stance would leave open the possibility of Gaddafi seeking refuge on the continent.

The offer aims to establish "a consensual and inclusive transition" via an interim government and elections.

There was no immediate reaction from either side to the offer,though Gaddafi has confirmed he will not take part in the negotiations himself.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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