May 26, 2011
The government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has contacted foreign states offering an immediate cease-fire, but there was scepticism that the proposal could end the three-month-old conflict.
The cease-fire offer was unlikely to deflect Western leaders, meeting for a Group of Eight summit in the French seaside resort of Deauville, who say they are steadily moving closer to their goal of forcing Gaddafi from power.
Spain said it was one of several European governments to have received a proposal from Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi for an immediate cease-fire.
“We’ve received the message and our position lies with the rest of Europe,” a spokesman for the Spanish prime minister’s office said.