Saif Gaddafi 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
TRIPOLI - Saif al-Islam, a son of the Libyan leader, said his father's administration was in talks with the French government, according to an interview published on Monday in an Algerian newspaper.
"The truth is that we are negotiating with France and not with the rebels," the El Khabar newspaper quoted Saif al-Islam as saying in an interview in Tripoli.
"Our envoy to (Nicolas) Sarkozy said that the French president was very
clear and told him 'We created the (rebel)council, and without our
support, and money, and our weapons, the council would have never
existed'," it quoted Saif al-Islam as saying.
"France said: 'When we reach an agreement with you (Tripoli), we will
force the council to cease fire'," the newspaper quoted Gaddafi's son as
The comments were published a few hours after French Defense Minister
Gerard Longuet, in a television interview, said it was time for the
rebel National Transitional Council to come to the negotiating table
with Gaddafi's administration.
France has been one of the leading hawks in the Western coalition trying
to force Gaddafi to relinquish power, but Longuet's comments suggested a
growing impatience with the progress of the campaign against the Libyan