Expert: AU failure to worsen situation in Libya
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 12 /Trend, A. Tagiyeva/
The fact that the opposition has refuted the African Union's initiative over a negotiated solution to the Libyan crisis will worsen the situation in the country and may lead to a division between the country's east and west, Mouin Rabbani, an analyst from the Middle East, told Trend.
"A complication of the situation can be avoided if NATO strengthens its interference with the Libyan crisis," Rabbani told Trend over the telephone from Amman.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's opponents rejected the African Union's peace initiative on Monday.
An African Union team arrived in Tripoli on Sunday to stop the bloodshed between the rebels and the Qaddafi forces. The NATO leadership had agreed to the team's arrival.
Ramtane Lamamra, the African Union's Security and Peace Council commissar, reported that the leadership of both Libya and the team had explored the opportunity of Qaddafi stepping down.
According to Lamamra, the conflict resolution roadmap offered by the team and accepted by the Qaddafi government envisions an immediate ceasefire, national dialogue, protection for foreign citizens in Libya, and humanitarian assistance to those in need.
In Rabbani's opinion, NATO's actions in Libya illustrate that the alliance remains uncertain in regard to the crisis.
" NATO's attitude toward Qaddafi's overthrow is still unknown," Rabbani said.