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UN envoy joins Libyan talks in Tunisia

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UN envoy joins Libyan talks in Tunisia


Could meetings at this hotel in Djerba signal the endgame for the civil war in Libya? A UN envoy has arrived in the Tunisian resort where sources say rebels and regime representatives are holding talks.

Speculation is also rife over the status of Muammar Gaddafi’s interior minister who has turned up at the Libyan embassy in Cairo with his family.

Nassr al-Mabrouk Abdullah’s apparent defection would be the highest-level departure from Gaddafi’s regime in months.

Unverified claims by rebels say they are encircling Tripoli with wins in Zawiyah and Sorman which lie on the coast road to Tunisia, and Garyan.

The capture of Zawiyah which cuts off vital food and fuel supplies to the capital could mark the turning point in the six-month-old uprising. However Gaddafi forces later responded by firing mortars and rockets into its centre.

On Sunday night Gaddafi urged his followers in Tripoli to rise up and fight. But as the rebels have so far lacked the manpower for an all out assault, Gaddafi forces could yet break any siege.

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