28 August 2011

Gaddafi ready for transition talks…..about six months too late

The BBC is reporting that Gaddafi is ready to begin talks to transfer power. His spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, reportedly said the toppled leader's son Saadi would lead the talks. The rebels say they will not negotiate until he surrenders.

It was the the Associated Press news agency in New York that had received a call from Col Gaddafi's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim, who said the former leader was still in Libya although he did not specify where.

Mr Ibrahim, whom AP says it identified by his voice, said Col Gaddafi was offering to negotiate with the rebels to form a transitional government.

Those negotations would be led by Col Gaddafi's son, Saadi, said Mr Ibrahim, who told AP he was still in Tripoli and had seen the former leader on Friday.

Early this week, CNN reported it had been in email contact with Saadi Gaddafi who confirmed his desire to negotiate a ceasefire.
"I will try to save my city Tripoli and 2 millions of people living there... otherwise Tripoli will be lost forever like Somalia," he wrote.

Without a cease-fire, Mr Gaddafi added, "Soon it will be a sea of blood."

An official in the rebel's National Transitional Council (NTC) told Reuters news agency that they did not know where Col Gaddafi was and no negotiations were taking place with him.

"If he wants to surrender, then we will negotiate and we will capture him," said Ali Tarhouni, the rebel official in charge of oil and financial matters.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague described Colonel Gaddafi's offer as "delusional", saying the NTC is already in charge of the country.

By sounds of it Gaddafi seems to believe that he is in control. I wonder if he is currently in a Fuhrer bunkers surrounded by sucophants and still believing that there is the ghost of a chance that he can negotiate his way out of arrest and prison, perhaps even a date with the hangman (not that I would want to see the last happen). That or he is trying to buy time to effect some sort of escape to a friendlier country.

Whattever the reason it is far too late for negotiations. For better or worse (and I hope the NTC do not prove to be worse) he is history.


Silent Hunter said...

It's already been a "sea of blood"- right when he used artillery on peaceful protesters.

Sean Jeating said...

Read carefully:
"If he wants to surrender, then we will negotiate and we will capture him," said Ali Tarhouni.

Just another fucking idiot, if you do allow me not to be what other idiots call political correct.

Claude said...

Who are "THEY"? I mean: the Protestors, already in charge of the country....??????? Do we have any idea?

jams o donnell said...

That is true SH

Well things are far beyond negotiation Sean

We will know their full face soon enough Claude. I hope that it is all for the better.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Delusional was his middle name from birth on.

jams o donnell said...

A common middle name among dictators!