Tripoli: Muammar Gaddafi`s regime told
visiting Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov on Thursday that the
embattled Libyan leader is "not ready" to go, despite growing
calls for him to quit and a months-long uprising.
Gaddafi`s son Seif al-Islam said elections were the only
way to break the stalemate.
Russian news agencies carried the statement made by
Margelov, the Africa envoy of President Dmitry Medvedev, after
talks in Tripoli with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati
"I spoke to the foreign minister of Libya, and the
minister said that according to him, Gaddafi is not ready to
leave," Margelov was quoted as saying.
"In response to a direct question about whether Gaddafi
is ready to give up political power after the announcement of
a ceasefire or just after its entry into force, the foreign
minister told me that (Gaddafi) was not ready" to do so, he
Margelov`s spokeswoman Varvara Paal told AFP in Moscow
the envoy during his one-day visit would meet Prime Minister
Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and the foreign minister, but was not
scheduled to meet Gaddafi himself.
He reiterated Moscow`s call for Gaddafi to go and
stressed "nobody wants him dead... he can remain living in
Libya in private and security can be ensured by the tribes
from which he came."