Gaddafi Negotiating Exit

Gaddafi is negotiating his exit from Libya, according to CNN. While he continues to bomb the country amid calls from Britain and France for a no-fly zone, he is reportedly offering to step down if he is guaranteed a safe exit from the country. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the opposition National Council, has given the dictator a time limit for the safe exit. Al Jazeera:

"If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes," Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the opposition National Council, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

He said the deadline would not be extended beyond 72 hours.

"Based on our love for our country we have proposed to the [Gaddafi's] indirect negotiators that a solution can be reached," Jalil told Al Jazeera.

"Conditions are that firstly he stops all combat in the fields, secondly that his departure is within 72 hours; thirdly we may waive our right of domestic prosecution ... for the crimes of oppression, persecution, starvation and massacres.

Last night, members of Gaddafi's cabinet sought 'dialogue' with the opposition, further signaling hope for compromise. Read more at CNN and Al Jazeera.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 8, 2011, 4:40am

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