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Are Gaddafi peace proposals genuine?

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Are Gaddafi peace proposals genuine?

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As Colonel Gaddafi’s envoys travel across Europe proposing a whole raft of peace settlements, representatives of the Gaddafi regime still insist that the ‘Brother Leader’ will not step down and that forces loyal to the regime are not killing civilians.

Commentators note that this volley of peace proposals may, in fact, be no more than a delaying tactic designed to destabilise the coalition currently enforcing UN Resolution 1973 and give Gaddafi time to re-consolidate his hold on power.

The defection of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has been seen by the West as a blow for the regime although the Libyan spokesman has denied this. Meanwhile, Saif Gaddafi, the most high-profile of Gaddafi’s sons, still appears to be angling for a solution in which his father retires, handing the reins of power on to him.