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Algeria president holds talks with AU mediators over Libya crisis
ALGIERS, April 12 (Xinhua) — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has met on Tuesday in Algiers with the African Union panel on Libya, and discussed the Libyan crisis.
The members of AU panel on Libya includes Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz ,Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso and President of the African Union (AU) Commission Jean Ping.
The delegation has arrived in Algiers Monday night after a two- day visit to mediate the situation in Libya, where violent clashes are continuing between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels backed up by NATO air strikes.
“We are working to find a solution to this complex issue and we are continuing our efforts to overcome this crisis,” said the Mauritania president, adding “there should not be a military solution, a peace dialogue should be launched instead.”
The AU has proposed an immediate cease fire between disputing parties in Libya, opening humanitarian aid channel and launching a national political dialogue.
The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accepted the AU peace initiative, when he met with the African presidents in Tripoli on Sunday. However, the rebels’ Transitional National Council (TNC) has rejected the proposal because it does not include the exit of Gaddafi and his family from power.
Meanwhile, Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci said his country considers the AU peace initiative as “important but hard.”
AU panel on Libya arrives in Algiers to discuss peace roadmap
ALGIERS, April 11 (Xinhua) — African Union (AU) panel on Libya arrived Monday night in Algiers for a two-day visit to discuss the situation in Libya.
The African Union (AU) panel, composed of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, chairman of AU Commission Jean Ping, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda Okello Oryem, will hold talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in order to reach a peaceful solution in Libya.
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said in Algiers airport that his panel would continue its efforts to resolve the Libyan conflict.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday agreed to end conflicts and open political dialogue with rebels, key terms in a roadmap to peace proposed by AU mediators.
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African Union persists with Libya.
The African Union is negotiating with Libya’s oppositional Transitional National Council proposing a road map to lead the country out of the crisis.
It envisages a cease-fire, dialogue between the government and the rebels and a transition towards democratic elections.
Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi has approved the document meeting the South African president Jacob Zuma in Tripoli.
Nevertheless he continues to act belligerently shelling the opposition -controlled city of Misrata, with 5 killed and 20 injured.
Libya opposition to reject African Union’s peace plan
The Libyan opposition has warned that it will reject the African Union’s ceasefire plan if Muammar Gaddafi or his sons remain in power. This came in a statement in Benghazi by the opposition spokesman Abdullah Shamiya.
Earlier today, the opposition demanded a withdrawal of the Gaddafi troops and respect for the freedom of expression. A delegation of the African Union has arrived in Benghazi from Tripoli and has had its settlement plan for Libya approved there.
The plan provides for a ceasefire, the ensuring of humanitarian aid deliveries and the start of a dialogue between the warring factions.
Libyan rebels reject ceasefire
The Libyan rebels have rejected a ceasefire until the Gaddafi troops are back in their barracks.
This comes in a statement that was made public in the opposition’s stronghold, the city of Benghazi, just hours before African Union mediators arrived there.
On Sunday, the African Union delegation held talks with Gaddafi in Tripoli.
The mediators’ plan provides for a ceasefire, humanitarian missions’ access to the conflict area and launching peace talks between the warring factions.