Anti-government forces in Libya have given the country’s embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi a three day ultimatum to quit power.
Rebels also insisted talks aimed at finding a solution to Libya’s worsening bloodshed can only proceed once Gaddafi has gone.
Speaking to euronews via telephone Sulayman Karim, a spokesman for Libya’s rebel movement, the National Libyan Council said.
‘‘Our council has given Gaddafi 72 hours to leave power or we will well and truly close the door to negotiations for good. He has to resign and then we will talk. We can discuss his situation, his personal security and that of his family and also whether he should stay in Libya or not.’‘
Earlier, Libyan rebels said they had rejected overtures from a Gaddafi representative to discuss the long-time leader’s exit. Tripoli dismissed such claims as ‘nonsense.’