An end to NATO bombing in Libya may be close

Posted on 11 July 2011

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Some reports indicate that peace in Libya may be close. What great news!

Mathaba and Pravda sources inside Libya have confirmed that the people of Tripoli are dancing in the streets in joy, celebrating a great victory, because NATO has ceased its bombing campaign. Sources in Libya state that negotiations are ongoing with France and meanwhile there has been a cessation of hostilities after 114 days of non-stop bombing.

Mathaba (11 July 2011). “Celebrating first day of no bombing of Tripoli: Libyans dancing in the streets”. Mathaba News.

Acabo de hablar con Libia y me dicen:

1. Ayer la OTAN lanzó octavillas sobre los rebeldes escondidos en los Montes Nafusa del oeste que decían que si no pueden estar en Trípoli en 72 horas, la OTAN se retira.
Los rebeldes armados están muy enfadados y dicen que aún están en Al Assabha, sin embargo ayer la TV libia estuvo en esta ciudad, habló con la gente y allí no están los rebeldes armados y menos controlan el lugar.

2. La BBC árabe ha dicho que Francia se retira de Libia

3. “Francia 24 árabe” ha dicho que Francia retira sus fuerzas militares de libia.

4. la TV Libia ha dicho que se retiran las fuerzas.

Leonor (11 July 2011). “FIN de la agresión a Libia”. Leonor en Libia.

“We have … have asked them to speak to each other,” Mr Longuet, whose government has until now been among the most aggressive on Libya, said on French television.

“The position of the TNC (rebel Transitional National Council) is very far from other positions. Now, there will be a need to sit around a table,” he said.”

The rebels have repeatedly demanded that the Libyan leader step down before any negotiations can begin for a political transition, something his entourage has repeatedly dismissed.

Mr Longuet added: “We (Nato) will stop the bombardment as soon as Libyans speak to each other and the military from both sides go back to their barracks.

“They can now speak to each other because we are showing them that there is no solution with force.”

Discussions between both sides have been going on behind the scenes for weeks, but Gaddafi’s future has been a major stumbling block. The rebels have so far refused to hold talks as long as Gaddafi is still in power, a stance which before now none of NATO’S major powers has publicly challenged.

Mr Longuet also appeared to leave the door open for Gaddafi to remain in Libya.

“Telegraph’s Foreign Staff” (11 July 2011). “Libya: Nato ‘will stop as soon as Gaddafi loyalists and rebels begin direct negotiations'”. The Telegraph.

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