Libyan rebels reject African Union peace plan

BENGHAZI, Libya Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:01pm EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan rebels rejected an African Union peace plan on Monday because it did not address their main demand that Muammar Gaddafi quit and because it proposed reforming a ruling system they want removed.

"The African Union initiative does not include the departure of Gaddafi and his sons from the Libyan political scene, therefore it is outdated," rebel council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference in Benghazi.

Earlier on Monday, Muammar Gaddafi accepted the African initiative to put a stop to fighting in Libya, including a ceasefire.

Abdel Jalil said the acceptance of the initiative had come too late and that Gaddafi had not heeded earlier United Nations decisions demanding a ceasefire and the protection of civilians.

"Colonel Gaddafi in this long period of time has not paid attention to these decisions, has continued bombing, shelling and shooting civilians, has surrounded cities with his militia and has based security forces on city streets and upon the roofs of houses."

Abdel Jalil said he had raised the issue of Gaddafi's use of African mercenaries with the delegation: "We let it be known to the delegates that there exist mercenaries that came from African and Arab countries. And when I say Arab countries I mean specifically Algeria."

(Writing by Edmund Blair and Isabel Coles in Cairo, editing by Tim Pearce)

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caminito wrote:
If the rejection by the without-NATO-powerless rebels is confirmed, Khadafi will lunch now a merciless attack against Aijabiya and Misrata, followed by a concentrated againt Benghazi. Lets see if NATO, which has already los the support of Russia, China, Turkey,Germany, Saudiarabia and obviously the respected South Africa, as well the AU, will have the stomach to do something against, in open violation of the UN resolution. The rebels are not more Civils, but a armed insurrect force

Apr 11, 2011 5:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KiazerSouze wrote:
Why don’t the Turks hire Ergenekon, the Taliban and Al Queda to fight Kadafi as they hired them to fight Armenians in 1993. This way, they will keep them gainfully employed and out of trouble. Although, the Libyan rebels probably don’t like the Bacha Bazi parties too much.

Apr 12, 2011 12:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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