Report: Qaddaffi Accepts African Union Cease Fire Plan

Libyan leader Mu’amar Qaddafi has reportedly accepted a cease fire proposal put forward by the leaders of the African Union:

Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, in negotiations with the African Union, has agreed in principal to a deal that would end the conflict in the nation he’s ruled for 42 years, South African President Jacob Zuma told reporters Sunday.

Negotiations remained under way Sunday night between Gadhafi and the African Union delegation.

Details of the agreement were not available, though it is believed to include an immediate ceasefire in the nearly two-month long war between Gadhafi’s forces and those fighting to unseat him. In his comments, Zuma also discussed an end to NATO airstrikes aimed at enforcing a no-fly zone and targeting Gadhafi’s troops.

The leaders are supposed to meet with rebel representatives today. In the past, the rebels have always said that Qaddafi’s removal from office was a recondition for any deal but, given the defeats they’ve suffered recently, one wonders how wedded they are to that idea now.

 

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Comments

  1. James Joyner says:

    The ball’s really in NATO’s court. If we’re willing to keep supporting the rebels no matter what, they’ve got very little incentive to cut a deal.

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Lather, rinse, repeat. Both sides have been talking hudna for some time so this is hardly a surprise. I think the key issues are basically three: 1) Qaddafi stay or go? 2) the dictatorship stay or go? (in Egypt they dumped the dictator and kept the dictatorship) 3) who referees?

    As long as NATO is willing to prevent Qaddafi from crushing the rebels a stalemate can be maintained. If you’re satisfied with a stalemate.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    The BBC is reporting that the rebels have rejected the ceasefire.