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UN calls to end conflict in Libya

08-17-2011 08:45 BJT

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A UN envoy to Libya has arrived in Tunisia, where rebels and representatives of the government have been holed up on the island resort of Djerba for negotiations.

The envoy, Abdelelah al-Khatib, said he met "Libyan personalities residing in Tunisia" to discuss the conflict. The envoy has met on several occasions with representatives of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels demanding an end to Gaddafi's 41-year rule. But, he has been unable to persuade the sides to adopt his cease-fire plan. Al-Khatib's visit to the region was his first since rebel advances cut Tripoli off from its supply route to Tunisia on the weekend. That development was followed by unconfirmed reports of new talks between the rebels and Gaddafi's government. A government spokesman in Tripoli said there were no talks on Gaddafi stepping down.

UN special envoy on Libya Abdelilah Al Khatib, left, listens to Tunisian Foreign
Affairs Minister Mouldi Kafi during their meeting in Tunis, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
(AP Photo)

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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