TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi has accepted a roadmap for ending the conflict in Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said Sunday after leading a delegation of African leaders at talks in Tripoli.
Zuma, who with four other African heads of state met Gaddafi for several hours at the Libyan leader’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound, also called on NATO to stop air strikes on Libyan government targets to “give a ceasefire a chance.”
No one at the talks gave details of what was contained in the roadmap. Anti-Gaddafi rebels have said they will accept nothing less than an end to Gaddafi’s four decades in power, but Libyan officials say he will not step down.
“I have some commitment which is compelling me to leave now but we have completed our mission with the brother leader (Gaddafi),” Zuma said after the talks.
“The brother leader delegation has accepted the roadmap as presented by us. We have to give ceasefire a chance,” he said.
“The delegation ... will be proceeding tomorrow to meet the other party, to talk to everybody and present a political solution to the problem in Libya.”
“We also in this communique (adopted at the talks on Sunday) are making a call on NATO to cease the bombings to allow and to give a ceasefire a chance.”
“My colleagues remain in Tripoli and tomorrow will go to Benghazi,” to meet the rebel leadership, Zuma said.
Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Writing by Christian Lowe