Rebels not partners for peace -Libya

Libya's government spokesman says rebels not partners for peace as pressure mounts for NATO air raids to intensify.

By REUTERS
April 13, 2011 13:03
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Rebel fighters take up positionsin Ajdabiyah.

Libra rebels 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal )

 
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Libya's government is not mincing its words after rebel forces rejected an African Union peace plan.

Rebels say the plan does not go far enough to end Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule.

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Gaddafi's government says the rejection shows what they're really about.

"The rebels' refusal of the roadmap proves that they are not worthy partners in any peace negotiations; it proves that they are not united; it proves that they don't really want peace and radical change; they are scared, I assure you. They are scared of any peaceful political change because they know they have lost any credibility with the Libyan people since the 19th of March."

So the fighting continues.

African leaders who devised the roadmap said a peaceful solution to Libya's conflict must be found.

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"The most important thing that concerns us is to continue on this path to find a solution that rescues all of the Libyan people, this is our goal and we are continuing to pursue it. Chairman Jean Pink will visit Doha, God willing, and will present and discuss the African plan."

Nato continued its air raids with pressure for it to step up it's bombing campaign.

An international group of foreign ministers are meeting in Qatar on Wednesday to discuss Libya's future.

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