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Libyan rebels welcome foreign mediation but reject Gaddafi

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The African Union’s Libya panel will meet in Pretoria on Sunday, for fresh discussions on how to resolve the conflict.

Hosted by South African President Jacob Zuma, heads of state from Mauritania, Congo, Uganda and Mali will look for new ways to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough. Zuma met Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi in May, but talks then were unsuccessful.

Libya’s rebel council say they are open to negotiation through countries like South Africa, but Gaddafi must go. NTC spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said:

“There hasn’t been any contact between Gaddafi’s regime and us, the National Transitional Council. But if he offers us proposal, we will discuss it, in order to stop the bloodshed. However, the most important thing is for Gaddafi and his son to leave. We’ve said this more than once.”

Meanwhile NATO says it is unaware of causing any civilian deaths in Friday’s airstrikes on the coastal city of Brega.

Libyan state television is reporting 15 people were killed after a bakery and restaurant were hit. NATO says the buildings were clearly identified military targets occupied by pro-Gaddafi forces.