S. African president set to meet with Gaddafi, rebels

JOHANNESBURG - South African President

Jacob Zuma was due to meet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on
Sunday and will also hold talks with rebels seeking his
overthrow, in an African Union effort to mediate in the
country's civil war.

A statement from the presidency said Zuma would travel to

Libya in his capacity as a member of an AU committee which also
includes the leaders of Mauritania, Congo, Mali and Uganda.

"The Committee has been granted permission by NATO to enter

Libya and to meet in Tripoli with ... Gaddafi. The AU delegation
will also meet with the Interim Transitional National Council in
Benghazi on 10 and 11 April," it said.
The national council based in rebel-held eastern Libya has
won recognition from France, Italy and Qatar.