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Libyan peace deal signed over desert town

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Libyan peace deal signed over desert town


In Libya, Tuareg tribesman signed a peace agreement on Friday with local Arabs over the Saharan desert oasis of Ghadames.

The town had been at the centre of speculation that Muammar Gaddafi was hiding locally under the protection of the tribes.

“There is no way that Gaddafi is in Ghadames or in the Tuareg area,” said one tribesman following the signing ceremony.

“We are with the new regime. We have been with them from the beginning,” added the man.

Meanwhile Libya’s new rulers have called on armed militias who helped overthrow Gaddafi to leave Tripoli peacefully.

The National Transitional Council is facing a deadlock as it attempts to form a permanent government.

Hundreds of people gathered in Tripoli’s central Martyr Square on Friday to listen to speeches from local clerics calling for a weapon free city.

They say they no longer feel safe with the revolutionaries who often patrol independently of orders from the interim government.

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