A Libyan Ceasefire?

Apr 11 2011 @ 9:16am

Qaddafi is reported to have accepted an African Union ceasefire:

The AU deal's main points are:

An immediate ceasefire
The unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid
Protection of foreign nationals
A dialogue between the government and rebels on a political settlement
The suspension of Nato airstrikes

The deal is now being presented to the rebel leaders in Benghazi, but, according to Al Jazeera, "opposition leaders say it will not work unless Gaddafi relinquishes power." Juan Cole puts the talks in context:

The problem with having the [African Union] mediate is that the leaders chosen are not viewed by the rebels as honest brokers. While the world has not been paying attention, Qaddafi has been using his oil wealth (and I do mean ‘his’) to peddle influence in Africa, to gain the loyalty of it leaders, and to intervene militarily.