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Gaddafi emphatic in refusal to quit despite big protest against him

06-01-2011 08:28 BJT Special Report:Int'l Intervention in Libya |

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has made it clear he will not step down, despite the first big protest against him in the capital city of Tripoli in months. In a statement issued Tuesday after his meeting with Gaddafi, South African President Jacob Zuma said Qaddafi was emphatic in his refusal to step down.

Serving as the African Union mediator, Zuma was in Tripoli to try to revive a "roadmap" for ending the conflict in Libya. After meeting Gaddafi, Zuma said there were dashing prospects for a negotiated end to the turmoil. Rebels and NATO have set Gaddafi's departure as the main condition for any ceasefire. On Monday, witnesses in one Tripoli suburb said a large anti-government protest took place.Local residents said the rally was broken up after security forces opened fire.

Gaddafi talks with Zuma at an undisclosed location. It was the first time the tyrant leader has been seen by the world since May 11.

Libyan state television showed Muammar Gaddafi hugging South African President Jacob Zuma following talks to broker a possible truce.

Just hours after the talks between the two leaders NATO's secretary-general said the Libyan leader's "reign of terror" was coming to an end.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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