France says 'contacts' underway on Gaddafi exit

PARIS - Widespread discussions are under way to bring the Libyan crisis to an end and "emissaries" say that Muammar Gaddafi is ready to leave power, France's Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday.
"Everybody is in contact with everybody. The Libyan regime is sending messengers everywhere, to Turkey, New York, Paris. Juppe said on France Info state radio. "Emissaries are telling us Gaddafi is ready to go, let's talk about it," he said, without saying who the emissaries were.
"There are contacts but it's not a negotiation proper at this stage," Juppe said on Tuesday.
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