Qadhafi: I will not leave my country.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Qadhafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday after talks with the Libyan leader that left prospects for a negotiated end to the conflict looking dim.

But new questions emerged over how long Qadhafi could hold on after a senior UN aid official said shortages of food and medicine in areas of Libya controlled by Qadhafi amounted to a “time bomb”.

Within hours of Zuma’s departure from Tripoli late on Monday, Libyan television reported that NATO aircraft had resumed attacks, striking what it called civilian and military sites in Tripoli and Tajoura, just east of the capital.

Zuma was in Tripoli to try to revive an African “roadmap” for ending the conflict, which started in February with an uprising against Qadhafi and has since turned into a war with thousands of people killed.

The talks produced no breakthrough, with Qadhafi’s refusal to quit – a condition the rebels and NATO have set as a pre-condition for any ceasefire – still the sticking point.

“Col. Qadhafi called for an end to the bombings to enable a Libyan dialogue,” Zuma’s office said in a statement. “He emphasised that he was not prepared to leave his country, despite the difficulties”.

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Categories: Africa, Law, Libya, South Africa

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  1. I have a somewhat unusual suggestion: When a President (or dictator, if you would like to call him that) passes let’s say ten years in office, he should automatically be considered on his way to royality. After twenty years it is better to actually crown him King, because, of course he now has more in common with a King than with a democratic President. Also he fully intends that his children should follow him. Having grown up with him in the Palace they are not fit for any other job anyway…
    Honesty is the greatest virtue.

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