Libyan rebels refuse AU-brokered ceasefire plan
Libyan rebels on Monday refused a road map initiated by the African Union calling for ceasefire between the rebels and forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, because it did not include the ouster of Gaddafi, Xinhua reported .
The rebel's council strongly rejected any mediation initiative that could pave the way for Gaddafi's stay in power. He and his family must leave Libya, Libyan rebel leader Mustafa Abdul- Jalil told a press conference in Benghazi.
The African Union's road map called for an immediate ceasefire, cooperation in opening channels for humanitarian aid and starting a dialogue between the rebels and the government, without mentioning any requirement for troops loyal to Gaddafi to pull back from Brega, Las Ranuf, and Misrata.
A delegation comprised of leaders from South Africa, Mali, and Mauritania arrived in Benghazi Monday to meet with Libyan rebels, trying to broker a ceasefire between the government forces and the militants in the opposition's stronghold of Banghazi.
Gaddafi met the delegation in Tripoli Sunday and reportedly accepted the ceasefire proposal.