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France: 'No direct talks with Gaddafi'

France: 'No direct talks with Gaddafi'
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France has denied being in direct talks with the Libyan government but admits to “passing messages” to Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Bernard Valero, spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said France wants a political solution to the conflict but that for that to happen Gaddafi must relinquish power.

Valero was responding to claims from Gaddafi’s son Saif that Paris and Tripoli were in negotiations.

Saif told an Algerian newspaper that Nicolas Sarkozy said that France created the rebel council and that when an agreement was reached with Gaddafi, Paris would force the council to cease fire.

Meanwhile, fighting continued near Qawalish, south of Tripoli.

With no end to the conflict in sight, cracks are emerging inside the NATO alliance, with many recession-hit members countries balking at the financial burden.