Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gaddafi is willing to give up power in exchange for certain security guarantees

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is willing to give up power in exchange for security guarantees, as noted on Tuesday the Russian newspaper Kommersant. The newspaper said that several NATO members, notably France, Gaddafi can give the assurances requested. "To end the long conflict, the French are willing not only to unfreeze the accounts of the family of Colonel Gaddafi, but also to save the Hague Tribunal," said Kommersant.

The newspaper quoted a senior Russian, who argues that "the Colonel is sending signals that he is willing to step down in exchange for security guarantees." The source said that France is the most permeable to that agreement, which could include the persistence of the Gaddafi in Libya after leaving office.

According to Kommersant, the Libyan leader also demands that his son Saif al Islam to participate in the political life of the country. This possibility is rejected outright by the opposition, which considers that this would Qaddafi cling to power through his son.

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