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Gaddafi’s son offers talks

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi offered to withhold attacks on regime opponents Saturday and negotiate.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2011 13:06 IST

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi offered to withhold attacks on regime opponents Saturday and negotiate.

In remarks delivered late Friday, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi also denied that mercenaries have taken part in attacking protesters after witnesses said mercenaries from Chad, Mali and other African countries have been involved in attacks on protesters.

“We are dealing with terrorists,” the son said.

“The army decided not to attack the terrorists and give them an opportunity for negotiation. We hope to do this in a peaceful way, and we will do so by tomorrow.”

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi vowed that the state would regain control over eastern cities.