Italy "cannot accept" role for Gaddafi family in transition
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Monday that Italy would oppose any resolution of the Libyan crisis that gave leader Moamer Gaddafi or his family a leading role in the country's political future, DPA reported.
Questioned by France's Europe 1 radio about the possibility of Gaddafi or his sons participating in a political transition, Frattini said: "No, I cannot accept it."
"The sons, the family of Gaddafi cannot participate in Libya's political future," he said.
"I think he (Gaddafi) must withdraw," Frattini said.
Frattini's remarks came as an African Union (AU) delegation was awaited in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to present their road map for a negotiated solution to the fighting between Gaddafi's forces and Western-backed rebels opposed to his despotic rule.
The AU says Gaddafi has accepted its blueprint for peace, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and the start of dialogue between Gaddafi and the opposition about a political transition.
The plan does not appear to deal with whether Gaddafi would remain on as leader.
The rebels have said they not accept any deal that allows Gaddafi or his family retain power.