Sunday, May 1, 2011

The rebels refuse to negotiate with Gaddafi

The national transitional council, the political organ of the Libyan rebels, has rejected the call for negotiations launched this Saturday Muammar Gaddafi. The rebels claim that the dictator has no role to play in the future of Libya. NATO has also rejected the offer of Gaddafi, saying he wants to see "deeds and not words", said an official of the Atlantic Alliance was quoted by AFP.

The Libyan leader has been willing to begin negotiations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), according to media reports. NATO "must abandon all hope of a solution of Muammar Gaddafi. I will not leave my country and I will defend to the death," said the Libyan leader in a speech broadcast live.

He was also open to the option of a ceasefire, in the case of involving all stakeholders. "A truce can not be unilateral. We would be the first to accept a truce (...), but the attack of NATO ships is not over," said Gadhafi, according to Al Jazeera. Misrata port, the third largest city of Libya, continues to operate and boats can get to it and dock at their wharves, according to the Galal says Jalal, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council (CNT), the highest governing body of the insurgents, Based in Benghazi.

Galal denied that the forces of Muammar al-Gaddafi has disabled the port as said Friday evening the Libyan state television, but said troops on Saturday continued bombardment regime with long-range Grad missiles. CNT spokesman said the rebels condemn the spread of mines in the waters of the port gadafistas vessels, as reported on Friday, NATO, and said the scheme is intended to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city which can be accessed only by sea.

"NATO is already taking care of it," said Galal, noting that so far no incidents have occurred due to mines in the harbor, where the Alliance began on Friday to try to defuse the mines, a spokesman said allied military . Misrata port is vital to arrive in the city of military supplies and basic necessities, as the city is blocked by land for two months and surrounded by army tanks Gaddafi.

Moreover, Galal said the Misrata situation remains "critical" and gadafistas forces continue to bomb the city "routinely" from a distance with heavy artillery. "Our guys have got it backward (to the troops of the system) more and more, but they can still attack from the outskirts of the city with its long-range weapons," said rebel spokesman.

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