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Libyan rebels reject Gaddafi’s ceasefire offer

world Updated: May 01, 2011 00:53 IST
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Libyan rebels on Saturday rejected Muammar Gaddafi’s offer for a ceasefire and negotiations if Nato stopped its attacks, saying the time for compromise had passed.

“Gaddafi’s regime has lost all credibility,” Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, spokesman for the rebel’s transitional national council, said in a statement.

The Libyan leader had repeatedly offered ceasefires only to continue violating human rights, it said.

“The time for compromise has passed. The people of Libya cannot possibly envisage or accept a future Libya in which Gaddafi’s regime plays any role,” it said.

In a speech broadcast on Libyan state television, Gaddafi offered to order a ceasefire and start negotiations provided that provided Nato stop its strikes against his forces but he refused to give up power, as rebels and Western powers demand.

The rebels’ military spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Bani, also said Gaddafi was “playing dirty games”.