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May 31, 2011

Food running out in Gaddafi-held Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Stocks of some foodstuffs are likely to last only weeks in parts of Libya under control of Muammar Gaddafi, creating a “time bomb” for the population, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Libya said on Tuesday.

Panos Moumtzis, who coordinates U.N. relief efforts for the conflict, said he had been given information by the Libyan government that showed it was using up stocks of food and medicine, which could not be replenished because of sanctions.

May 31, 2011

Libya’s Gaddafi: I will not leave my country

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday after talks with the Libyan leader that left prospects for a negotiated end to the conflict looking dim.

But new questions emerged over how long Gaddafi could hold on after a senior United Nations aid official said shortages of food and medicine in areas of Libya controlled by Gaddafi amounted to a “time bomb.”

May 31, 2011

Food running out in Gaddafi-held Libya: U.N.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Dwindling supplies of food and medicine are a “time bomb” in parts of Libya controlled by Muammar Gaddafi, with some food stocks likely to last only weeks, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Libya said on Tuesday.

Panos Moumtzis, who coordinates U.N. relief efforts for the conflict, said he had been given information by the Libyan government that showed it was using up stocks food and medicine, which could not be replenished because of sanctions.

May 31, 2011

Libyan leader renews ceasefire call

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Under pressure from a new round of defections, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renewed a ceasefire call in talks with an African mediator but gave no sign he will heed Western-led demands that he step down.

The mediator, South African President Jacob Zuma, said after a whistlestop visit on Monday that Gaddafi wanted a ceasefire including an end to NATO bombing — terms already rejected last month after an earlier mediation mission by Zuma.

May 31, 2011

Libyan leader renews ceasefire call

TRIPOLI, May 31 (Reuters) – Under pressure from a new round
of defections, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renewed a ceasefire
call in talks with an African mediator but gave no sign he will
heed Western-led demands that he step down.

The mediator, South African President Jacob Zuma, said after
a whistlestop visit on Monday that Gaddafi wanted a ceasefire
including an end to NATO bombing — terms already rejected last
month after an earlier mediation mission by Zuma.

May 31, 2011

Officers disown Gaddafi as peace bid stalls

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Under pressure from a new round of defections, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi renewed a ceasefire call in talks with an African mediator but gave no sign he will heed Western-led demands that he step down.

The mediator, South African President Jacob Zuma, said after a whistlestop visit on Monday that Gaddafi wanted a ceasefire including an end to NATO bombing — terms already rejected last month after an earlier mediation mission by Zuma.

May 30, 2011

South African President Zuma flies into Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma flew into Tripoli on Monday to try to broker a peace deal with Muammar Gaddafi, just hours after NATO’s secretary-general said the Libyan leader’s “reign of terror” was coming to an end.

Zuma was met by a host of dignitaries, not including Gaddafi himself, who has not been seen since May 11 when he was shown by Libyan state television meeting what it said was tribal leaders.

May 30, 2011

NATO chief sees end to Gaddafi’s “reign of terror”

TRIPOLI/VARNA, Bulgaria (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s “reign of terror” is coming to an end, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday, ahead of a peace mission by South African President Jacob Zuma.

NATO warplanes have been raising the pace of their air strikes on Tripoli, with Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound in the center of the city being hit repeatedly.

May 29, 2011

French ex-Minister in Libya, would defend Gaddafi

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Former French foreign minister Roland Dumas visited Libya as a lawyer to prepare a legal case on behalf of victims of NATO bombing and said he was prepared to defend leader Muammar Gaddafi if he is sent to The Hague.

Dumas, who served as foreign minister under socialist President Francois Mitterrand, said he had seen several civilian victims of NATO bombing in a hospital and had been told by a doctor there that there were as many as 20,000 more.

May 29, 2011

Britain readies “bunker-busting” bombs for Libya

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Britain is to add “bunker-busting” bombs to the arsenal its warplanes are using over Libya, a weapon it said on Sunday would send a loud message to Muammar Gaddafi that it is time to quit.

Britain and other NATO powers are ratcheting up their military intervention in Libya to try to break a deadlock that has seen Gaddafi hold on to power despite weeks of air strikes and a rebel uprising.