Libyan rebels reject 'Gaddafi talks offer'

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Libyan rebels reject 'Gaddafi talks offer'

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Libyan rebels have said they rejected an offer from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to hold talks about his leaving power.

Sulyaman Karim, a spokesman for the National Libyan Council, told euronews they refused to discuss Gaddafi’s departure from the country.

He said negotiations could only begin if he resigns first.

“We promise to guarantee his safety and that of his friends and family,” Karim said.

“In the coming days, we will see if he can face trial here in Libya for the crimes he has committed and for plundering the Libyan people’s wealth over the past 40 years.”

“But in all likehihood, we’ll leave that job to the International Criminal Court.”

A spokeman for Libya’s foreign ministry denied the rebels’ claims saying notion of Gaddafi offering to step down was “absolute nonsense.”

One of Gaddafi’s sons, Saadi, has previously warned the country would descend into civil war if his father quits.