Libyan rebels confirm indirect negotiations with Gaddafi
Indirect talks between Libya's government and opposition have been taking place in Paris and South Africa, a spokesman for the opposition Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) confirmed in an interview published Friday.
"Yes, there is contact currently through intermediaries. But these negotiations are never direct," Mahmoud Shammam, spokesman for the Benghazi-based council told Le Figaro.
Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi had recently sent a representative to Paris to take part in the talks, he said, DPA reported.
The rebels' conditions for ending their offensive against Gaddafi's regime "remain unchanged", he said, repeating the ITNC's demand that Gaddafi and his family be excluded from any future government.
"We have no objection to him withdrawing to a Libyan oasis, under international control," Shammam said.
The regime's reaction to their demands had been "contradictory," he said.
"Sometimes we get close to our goal but sometimes, we move further away. It depends on Gaddafi's humour at any given time."
Gaddafi, who has ruled Libya for 42 years, is clinging to power in the face of a two-pronged rebel and NATO offensive.
This week he remained in defiant mood, warning NATO that "in the end, the aggressor is the one who will lose."