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Gaddafi asks for negotiations

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The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has appeared on state television saying he was ready for a ceasefire as long as NATO stopped its aerial campaign against government targets.
 
In the 80 minute address Gaddafi struck a conciliatory tone saying: ‘Countries that attack us, let us negotiate with you.‘ But he repeated his determination not to leave power, a central demand of the rebels and western leaders.
 
As he was speaking NATO bombs hit three buildings close to the television centre in Tripoli.
State media said it was a clear attempt to kill Gaddafi. The airstrikes hit two government buildings. It is not clear if there were any casualties.
 
The conflict spilled over into Tunisia. One report said a woman was killed when Libyan government forces shelled the border town of Dehiba.
 
Witnesses said pro-Gaddafi forces had chased rebels into the town in a truck – Tripoli claimed it was the rebels who forced the troops over the border. There was an angry outburst from the Tunisian government, but Tripoli said it was respecting the country’s sovereignty. On the Libyan side of the frontier rebels said they had regained control, saying the bodies littering the ground were those of Gaddafi’s mercenaries.
 
 
Gaddafi’s forces bombarded the rebel-held city of Misrata again. Rebels and civilians were reported to have been killed. NATO said its warships had cleared mines laid by Gaddafi forces in the city’s port. The population of 300,000 relies on the port. The mines had prevented humanitarian aid ships from getting through.