The sides of the Libyan conflict began negotiations in Tunisia - agency

Arab World Materials 15 August 2011 05:44 (UTC +04:00)

Representatives of the Libyan rebels and Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday evening began negotiations at a hotel in the south of Tunisia, said on Monday, Reuters reports quoting a source directly connected with negotiators, RIA Novosti reported.

However, both of the sides has not yet officially confirmed the fact of negotiations.

According to the official agency, the negotiations were conducted behind closed doors in a hotel on the island of Djerba, situated near the Libyan border.

"Representatives of the rebels and representatives of the Qaddafi are currently conducting a meeting," - said the source.

UN Security Council March 17 adopted a resolution calling for the introduction of no-fly zone over Libya and brings foreign military intervention in this North African country. In the March 19 outbreak of operations by coalition forces participating in United Kingdom, France, USA, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway.

Leadership campaign in Libya, March 31 is completely transferred to the representatives of the NATO command. As stated by the NATO leadership, the goal of "Operation Joint protector" - ensuring the arms embargo, no-fly zone and action to protect the civilian population.

The mandate of the operation was due to expire on June 27, June 1 but extended the NATO operation in 90 days - until the end of September.

In Benghazi in eastern Libya, the rebels formed a transitional February 27 National Council. It consists of about 30 representatives of the Libyan opposition from various parts of the east of the country - both military and civilians.