Kadhafi meets AU mediators for ceasefire negotiations

TRIPOLI, April 10, 2011 (AFP) – African Union mediators met Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sunday in a bid to broker a truce between the Libyan leader and rebels fighting to oust him from power, an AFP reporter said. The African leaders joined the embattled Kadhafi for a photocall outside his Bedouin tent in his Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital. Presidents Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, Mali’s Amadou Toumani Toure, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and Ugandan Foreign Minister Henry Oryem Okello, representing Yoweri Museveni, the fifth head of state in the AU panel, flew in to Mitiga airport near Tripoli.

After their talks with Kadhafi, the AU delegates were taken by minibus to greet a crowd of the Libyan leader’s supporters some 200 metres (yards) from the tent, before driving off to an undisclosed destination. The African mediators are due to fly to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) east of Tripoli, later on Sunday in their efforts to mediate and produce a ceasefire in the deadly conflict. The opposition has already said it rejects any ceasefire that would mean Kadhafi or his sons remain in power.

 

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