UPDATE 1-Zuma says Gaddafi refuses to leave Libya

Tue May 31, 2011 11:32am GMT
 

* Zuma says Gaddafi personal safety a concern

* Gaddafi wants end to NATO bombings before talks

(Adds background, Zuma quotes)

By Marius Bosch

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is not prepared to leave Libya but will press efforts to find a political solution to the country's conflict, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

In a statement issued after meeting Gaddafi in Tripoli on Monday, Zuma said the Libyan leader had called for an end to NATO bombings "to enable a Libyan dialogue" and renewed a call for a ceasefire.

These terms were rejected by rebel leaders last month after an earlier mission to Libya by Zuma, who was mediating on behalf of the African Union. Libyan rebel leaders say Gaddafi's 41-year-old rule must end before any ceasefire.

"He emphasised that he was not prepared to leave his country, despite the difficulties," the statement released by Zuma said.

Zuma was taken on a tour of Tripoli to see the damage done by the bombings and the statement said: "The personal safety of Colonel Gaddafi is of concern."   Continued...

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