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Libyan gov't 'opens talks' over Sirte

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Libyan gov't 'opens talks' over Sirte


Forces loyal to Libya’s interim government said on Tuesday they are negotiating with an elder from Muammar Gaddafi’s tribe with the aim of agreeing a truce in the former leader’s birthplace of Sirte.

A senior commander was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that contact had been established and both sides were negotiating terms for Gaddafi loyalists to leave the town.

Former rebels have been battling for control of Sirte for weeks, but it is still held by fighters close to the old regime.

A spokesman for Gaddafi, himself a wanted man, says that the ousted leader is still in Libya but declined to comment further on his whereabouts.

In June, the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the colonel’s arrest on charges of crimes against humanity.

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