February 25, 2011 / 9:35 PM / 8 years ago

Gaddafi son sees negotiation, ceasefire in Libya

TRIPOLI, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Friday that his forces were holding back in fighting with rebels in western Libya and hoped that a negotiated ceasefire could be in place by Saturday.

Speaking in English to foreign journalists flown to Tripoli under official escort, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said of fighting in two western cities: “In Misrata, in Zawiya, we have a problem.

“We are dealing with terrorists ... The army decided not to attack the terrorists, and to give a chance to negotiation. Hopefully we will do it peacefully and will do so by tomorrow.”

Reporting by Maria Golovnina, writing by Alastair Macdonald, editing by Alison Williams

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