Libyan opposition members denied negociation for and exit deal with Col Muammar Gaddafi 0803116
Defense News - The conflict in Libya
Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 5:39 PM
Libyan opposition members denied negociation for and exit deal with Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Libyan opposition members denied Tuesday that they have been negotiating an exit deal with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, rejecting an assertion by an opposition official earlier in the day.
Colonel Col Muammar Gaddafi Libyan leader
Speaking to reporters, members of the Libyan National Transitional Council said there have been no such talks. Council spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga also denied reports that the opposition would promise not to pursue Gadhafi for crimes if he steps down within the next three days.
Earlier, a member of an opposition group called the February 17 Coalition said Gadhafi was trying to strike a deal with opposition leaders, saying he would step down as Libya''s leader if they could guarantee him safe passage out of the country and promise that neither he nor his family would face prosecution. The coalition member, Amal Bugaigis, said the opposition submitted counter-offers, which included a stipulation that Gadhafi has to immediately concede he is not the ruler of Libya.
Gadhafi's regime, meanwhile, also denied any negotiations with the rebels. Musa Ibrahim, a government spokesman, called reports of such negotiations "lies."