NORTH OF BANI WALID/TRIPOLI -
Libya's interim council said it hoped to seize one of Muammar
Gaddafi's last strongholds without resistance on Sunday as it
pursues its drive to assert control over the whole country.
Outside the pro-Gaddafi town of Bani Walid, a National
Transitional Council (NTC) negotiator said talks were over.
"Everything was done yesterday, they asked us for more time
and we gave them some more hours," Mahmoud Abdul Azil told
Reuters, at a checkpoint 40 km (25 miles) from the desert town.
Abdul Azil said NATO-backed NTC forces were just 10 km from
Bani Walid and inching forward, ready to attack what he said
were an estimated 100 pro-Gaddafi fighters there if necessary.