Moammar Gadhafi Agreed
April 11, 2011 by staff
Moammar Gadhafi, (CNN) – Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has agreed in principle to stop all hostilities in the North African country and allow external forces to help maintain peace, his government and African Union mediators said Monday in a joint statement.
Ramtane Lamara, commissioner of the African group for peace and security, read the agreement early Monday, flanked by the Libyan government spokesman Ibrahim Musa.
The African Union team is scheduled to fly to Benghazi to meet with leaders of the movement dedicated to overthrowing Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya for 42 years.
Gaddafi’s government has already announced a unilateral ceasefire – just to keep attacking the opposition. Those fighting to overthrow long rule of Libya have expressed opposition to the proposals, saying his goal is to ensure the departure of long time leader.
The agreement announced Monday does not address whether or not Gadhafi renounced, nor is it binding. It has four basic elements, according to the detailed note Lamara:
- An immediate end to all fighting
- The cooperation of the Libyan authorities “to provide diligent delivery of humanitarian assistance”
- The protection of foreigners in Libya
- The start of talks between various Libyan authorities, including opposition figures, with the aim of creating “a transition period, including” to adopt and implement “necessary political reforms to eliminate the causes of the current crisis”
The deal, the statement said Gaddafi had signed on, says the final decision should take into account “the Libyan people’s aspirations for democracy, political reform, justice, peace and security, and social development….”
No timetable is described in detail as to when and if a ceasefire could have the effect or the political transition could take place. In the agreement, Gaddafi supports voice for the “implementation of an effective monitoring mechanism and credible.”
Leader Muammar Gaddafi expressed his full confidence in the African Union and its ability to carry out the peace process in his country, “the statement said.
In particular, Gaddafi has been a strong supporter of the African Union has funneled large sums of money in their own way. Libya also has a seat on the 15-member Peace and Security Council, which Lamara heads.
Therefore, opposition leaders have expressed skepticism that any mediation involving multinational group that would end the conflict in a way that meets their objectives, which include the overthrow of Qadhafi.
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