Pictures released by the Libyan authorities purport to show government troops in Zawiyah.
In a version of events contradicting accounts on the ground, a government minister told euronews the military had overall control of the town.Read our news file
Khaled Kaïm, Libya’s deputy foreign minister, backs an idea put forward by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for internationally mediated talks, and promises an amnesty for protesters who lay down their arms.
“In most of the areas now it’s quiet. There are still some tensions. But the situation in Zawiyah is very calm. There are small pockets, maybe less than ten. They are still hiding somewhere in Zawiyah, but Zawiyah in general is under control,” he said.
“The process of national dialogue has begun already. There will be participation in the national dialogue from tribes from all of the Arab world, also official delegations from Latin American countries, from Asia, from Africa – they will be part of this dialogue.
“The intention also of the government is to use clemency, and the pardoning (sic) for everyone who has got weapons outside law. They have the chance to use this clemency to hand him back (sic) all those weapons and arms to the military order, to the security forces.”