Gaddafi rules out talks with Libyan rebels

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Gaddafi rules out talks with Libyan rebels

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday vowed not to negotiate with rebels over the future of the North African nation.

He made his comments in an address to supporters in his home town of Sirte during a rally broadcast on Libyan state television.

“I will not speak to them. There will not be any talks between me and them until Judgment Day,” Gaddafi said in an audio message.

NATO has been carrying out airstrikes on Libya over the past four months but Gaddafi has clung on to power and rebuffed allied demands to step down.

France has now softened its stance, suggesting he could be allowed to remain in Libya.

The rebels also appear willing to accept a compromise that he stay on home soil.

Mahmoud Jibril, the head of the Transitional National Council, said on Thursday that idea was “a possibility that can be worked on to try and make him leave power.”

“If Gaddafi does not leave power, there is no room for an exchange of ideas,” Jibril said.