Libya’s rebel National Transitional Council has rejected a proposal to end the conflict from Colonel Gaddafi’s most prominent sons.
Salaam and Saif al-Islam reportedly want to be interim leaders if there is a transfer of power and their father steps down. But after talks with Italy, which has now recognised the National Council, there was a very negative reaction.
“Replacement of Gaddafi by one of his sons is not acceptable. They are all engaged in the killing of Libyans now and they are leading the military operations against Libyans, so this is also not acceptable by Libyans and by the Council,” said Ali al-Essawi, from the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council.
Meanwhile, Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi is continuing his diplomatic mission to discuss an end to the fighting. He is due in Malta and Turkey next but he has given no sign yet of any major climbdown or what Tripoli might be prepared to offer, beyond a willingness to negotiate an end to NATO’s military operations.