Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zuma could fly to Benghazi with a proposed solution

Algiers .- South African President Jacob Zuma, who arrived Monday in Tripoli to find a solution to the Libyan conflict could also travel to Benghazi, the stronghold of the insurgents, to present their proposal, according to sources said Monday the rebels to Qatari television channel Al Jazeera. The sources of the National Transitional Council (CNT)-the highest body of the rebels cited by the chain said that Zuma's proposal provides for an honorable solution to the Libyan leader, Muammar Qaddafi, and that if the regime accepts Tripoli The South African president will travel to Benghazi to treat with the insurgents.

CNT leaders have repeatedly stressed that the continuance of the Qaddafi in power is not negotiable and that any peace initiative must include its output. Zuma, a member of the high-level commission of the African Union (AU) to find a solution to the conflict of Libya, was received this morning at the airport in Tripoli by the Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mamudi.

The South African leader deployed crossed a red carpet welcome at the track next to a group of children chanting "We want to Qaddafi," while waving green flags and photographs of Colonel regime. Zuma is scheduled to meet with Gadhafi, whose whereabouts are currently unknown. According to the South African Government, the objectives of the visit include the negotiation of an immediate ceasefire, allow the distribution of humanitarian aid to the population and the implementation of reforms to eliminate the causes of conflict.

The South African president's office denied on Sunday reports that the trip would focus on a strategy to achieve output power and said Gaddafi's visit is part of AU efforts to end the conflict. According to Libyan television, Zuma will address the implementation of the "road map" of the AU for peace.

The African National Congress, the ruling party in South Africa, yesterday condemned the NATO bombing in Libya. The visit to Tripoli by Jacob Zuma comes after the G-8 leaders on Friday to urge Gadhafi to give up power. The Libyan Deputy Foreign Kaim Khaled considered, however, are not "concerned" by the decisions of the G-8 and said that any initiative to resolve the crisis must pass through the African Union.

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