Libya: Government ‘Signals Readiness For Ceasefire’
By Ria Novosti
Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi has proposed a ceasefire in a letter to foreign governments, Britain’s The Independent newspaper said on Thursday, citing a copy of the document.
The prime minister states in the letter that Libya is ready for an immediate ceasefire, supervised by the UN and the African Union, unconditional talks with the rebel government in Benghazi, amnesties for fighters on both sides and discussions on a new constitution.
“The future Libya will be radically different to the one that existed three months ago. That was always the plan,” al-Mahmoudi said in his letter.
“Only now we may need to accelerate the process. But to do so, we must stop the fighting, start talking, agree on a new constitution and create a system of government that both reflects the reality of our society and conforms to the demands of contemporary governance.”
The letter does not mention the future role of the country’s embattled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said international forces, which have carried out air strikes on Libyan forces, “will not relent until the shadow of tyranny is lifted.”