Gaddafi conditionally ready to cede power: Report

Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ready leave power if NATO provides him security guarantees, a media report said on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2011, 23:45 PM IST

Moscow: Embattled Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi is ready leave power if NATO provides him security
guarantees, a media report said on Tuesday.

"We learnt that the Libyan leader has agreed to step down
in exchange for the guaranties of his security. Some members
of NATO, France in particular may provide him such guarantees.

"To end the protracted conflict the French are not only
ready to defreeze the bank accounts of the Colonel`s family,
but also save him from the Hague tribunal," influential
Kommersant daily today reported.

It noted that the Libya conflict was one of the main
topics of at yesterday`s talks between President Dmitry
Medvedev and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma in the
Black Sea resort of Sochi, and at the ambassador-level session
of NATO-Russia Council in the same city at which the military
bloc was represented by its Secretary General Anders Fogh
Rasmussen.

"We honestly admit that we have no common view with NATO
on how resolution 1973 is being implemented, but I should say
that we completely share the position on the undisputable
peaceful settlement and transition to the political process,"
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the NATO-Russia
Council session and added that "sooner political process
begins, the better."

He also said sending arms or foreign military instructors
to Libya totally contradicts the UNSC resolution.

"The arms embargo introduced by the UN Security Council
is explicit, it is stated in the resolution and it goes for
the whole territory of Libya.

Therefore, all arms deliveries are violation of this
resolution as well as presence of instructors for passing
military knowledge and skills," Lavrov said commenting on the
dropping of arms by France to support Berber tribal forces in
the mountains south-west of Tripoli fighting troops loyal to
Gaddafi.

PTI