April 1, 2011
A Libyan opposition leader has said the rebels will accept a UN-demanded ceasefire if Muammar Gaddafi pulls his forces from all cities and allows peaceful protests.
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil spoke during a joint press conference with UN envoy Abdelilah Al-Khatib, who is visiting the rebels’ de-facto stronghold of Benghazi in hopes of reaching a ceasefire and political solution to the crisis embroiling the North African nation.
Mr Abdul-Jalil says the rebels’ condition for a ceasefire is “that the Gaddafi brigades and forces withdraw from inside and outside Libyan cities to give freedom to the Libyan people to choose and the world will see that they will choose freedom.”
The offer came as the rebels showed signs of increased organisation as they battled Gaddafi’s forces in eastern Libya, and appeared to have more weapons and communications equipment.
This article was posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:00 am