Tripoli: A delegation of African leaders said on Sunday that their Libyan counterpart, Muammar Gaddafi, accepted their "road map" for a cease-fire with rebels, whom they will meet on Monday.
They met hours after NATO airstrikes battered Gaddafi's tanks, helping Libyan rebels push back government troops who had been advancing quickly toward the opposition's eastern stronghold.
The African Union's road map calls for an immediate cease-fire, cooperation in opening channels for humanitarian aid and starting a dialogue between the rebels and the government. AU officials, however, made no mention of any requirement for Gaddafi to pull his troops out of cities as rebels have demanded.
"We have completed our mission with the brother leader, and the brother leader's delegation has accepted the road map as presented by us," said South African President Jacob Zuma. He traveled to Tripoli with the heads of Mali and Mauritania to meet with Gaddafi, whose more than 40-year rule has been threatened by the uprising that began nearly two months ago....more
07:19 AM, Apr 11, 2011