Libyan PM says airstrikes must stop before talks

July 26, 2011 19:02

TRIPOLI - Libya will not begin talks on ending a conflict with rebels before NATO air strikes stop, and Muammar Gaddafi's leadership is not up for negotiation, the prime minister said on Tuesday.

"This aggression (air strikes) needs to stop immediately, without that we cannot have a dialogue, we cannot solve any problems in Libya," Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi told a news conference after talks with a visiting UN envoy.

Asked if he had told the envoy that Gaddafi's position was not up for negotiation, Mahmoudi said: "Exactly."

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