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Gaddafi calls for negotiation with NATO

world Updated: Apr 30, 2011 07:49 IST

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Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi called on Saturday for negotiations with NATO powers to end the air strikes on Libya.

"We did not attack them or cross the sea ... why are they attacking us?" Gaddafi said in a live television address in the early hours of Saturday.

"Let us negotiate with you, the countries that attack us. Let us negotiate," he said, adding that if it was oil the coalition countries were after there was no problem in negotiating contracts.

"(Libya) is ready until now to enter a ceasefire ... but a ceasefire cannot be from one side," Gaddafi said in a live television address in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"We were the first to welcome a ceasefire and we were the first to accept a ceasefire ... but the Crusader NATO attack has not stopped."