July 11, 2011
France’s defense minister has said it is time for Libya’s rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi’s government, signaling growing impatience with progress in the conflict.
Gaddafi’s son, in an interview with an Algerian newspaper on Monday, said the Libyan leader’s government was in talks with the French government.
There was no immediate comment from Paris.
French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said on Sunday the rebels should not wait for Gaddafi’s defeat, while signaling Paris’s objective was still that the Libyan leader must eventually leave power.
Washington, however, said it stood firm in its belief that Gaddafi must go.