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Rebels welcome Gaddafi retirement in Libya

07-04-2011 09:00 BJT

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The conflict in Libya is close to deadlock, with rebels on three fronts unable to make a decisive advance towards the Libyan capital and growing strains inside NATO about the cost of the operation and the lack of a military breakthrough.

The rebels have welcomed leader Muammar Gaddafi to live out his retirement on the country's soil, as long as he gives up all power. Meanwhile, a source in Gaddafi's government warns rebels are planning to attack key oil export terminals in the country's east.

Gaddafi has fiercely resisted all international calls for him to go and vowed to fight to the end. But members of his inner circle have given indications they are ready to negotiate with rebels on Gaddafi's future.

Gaddafi's former justice minister-turned-rebel chief, Abdel Jalil, says the Libyan leader is welcome to retire in the country, as long as he agrees to remain under international supervision.

One suggestion was for Gaddafi to spend his retirement under guard in a military barracks.

Rebels made the proposal about a month ago through the UN, but had yet to receive any response from Tripoli.

Abdel Jalil, Chairman of National Transitional Council, said, "We offered Gaddafi a peaceful resolution: to resign his post and order his troops to withdraw from their barracks. He can decide if he wants to stay in Libya or go abroad. If he wants to stay in Libya, we will be the ones to determine the place and there will be international supervision on all his movements and communications."

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against Gaddafi for crimes against humanity.

But the African Union earlier called on member states to reject the warrant.The move could enable Gaddafi to travel freely on the continent.

A spokesman for the Libyan government welcomed the decision by the AU.

Moussa Ibrahim, Libyan Gov’t Spokesman, said, "It's not the first time the African leaders stand with dignity and honour against the imperialist institutions of the West. The African leaders are wise enough and courageous enough to understand that the ICC is a European Guantanamo Bay."

Meanwhile, Gaddafi's government says there is reliable intelligence indicating the rebels were planning to attack oil export terminals in the eastern towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf.

The government urged international oil and insurance companies to put pressure on their governments to force the rebels to stop their operations

The conflict has already halted oil exports from Libya. However, most oil facilities have escaped major damage in the fighting.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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