Turkey: 'No breakthrough yet' for Libya truce

Talks to broker ceasfire in civil war stuck on whether Gaddafi should stay or go; allied air strike hit's Gaddafi forces in Brega.

By REUTERS
April 5, 2011 12:44
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A rebel fighter stands next a vehicle in Libya

Libya rebel 311 Reuters. (photo credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning)

 
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Turkish officials, seeking to broker a ceasefire in Libya's civil war, said on Tuesday there was no breakthrough in sight with the two sides disagreeing over whether Muammar Gaddafi should stay or go.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met an envoy from Gaddafi's government on Monday to talk through broad conditions for a ceasefire and political solution to the conflict, while a delegation from the rebel side is expected to visit Ankara in the coming days for similar discussions.

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"Both sides have a rigid stance," a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said. "One side, the opposition, is insisting that Gaddafi should go. The other side is saying Gaddafi should stay. So there is no breakthrough yet."

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After his meeting with Davutoglu late Monday, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi went to Malta, having already visited Athens on a mission to put his government's case.

An air strike destroyed two government military vehicles on Tuesday in the east Libyan oil town of Brega, where rebels have clashed with Gaddafi's forces for five days, rebel fighters said.

"An air strike hit two of the enemies' vehicles," said a rebel army officer in military uniform who gave his name as Colonel Abu Mohammed told Reuters.

The remains of the two trucks mounted with heavy machine guns smouldered near the entrance to the eastern residential area of New Brega, their burning tyres giving off a cloud of acrid smoke.

Trucks drove towards the centre of Brega hauling multiple rocket launchers and heavy machine guns.



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