Kadhafi accepts African Union peace plan: Zuma

TRIPOLI- The regime of Libya's Moamer Kadhafi has accepted an African Union (AU) peace plan designed to end the current conflict, South African President Jacob Zuma said in Tripoli on Sunday.
"The brother leader delegation has accepted the roadmap as presented by us," Zuma said in a brief statement to journalists at Kadhafi's Bab Al-Aziziya residence.

Details of the proposed settlement would be laid out in a communique, he added, without saying when it would be made public.
"We also in this communique are making a call on NATO to cease the bombings to allow and to give a ceasefire a chance."
While other commitments meant he had to leave Libya Sunday evening, the other members of the African Union delegation would be staying over in Tripoli overnight before travelling east to rebel-held Benghazi, he continued.
There they would put the AU plan, which involves an immediate ceasefire, to the opposition leaders.
So far, the leaders of the uprising have rejected any ceasefire plan that involves leaving either Kadhafi or his sons in power.
As well as Zuma, the AU delegation includes three other African leaders: Mali's Amadou Toumani Toure, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania and Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso.
Ugandan Foreign Minister Henry Oryem Okello, representing President Yoweri Museveni, completes the AU team.
Earlier Sunday, the African Union mediators joined Moamer Kadhafi for a photocall outside his Bedouin tent in his Bab al-Aziziya compound in the capital.
Meeting Saturday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, the mediators had reaffirmed the aims of their mission: an "immediate cessation of hostilities," bringing in humanitarian aid, and opening of a dialogue between the regime and the insurgents.

Monday, April 11th 2011

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