April 13, 2011 / 7:36 AM / 8 years ago

African union says hopeful for Libya ceasefire

DOHA, April 13 (Reuters) - The African Union is seeking a way to establish a ceasefire in Libya and is trying to convince rebels in the eastern city of Benghazi to join in the effort, a spokesman for the group said on Wednesday.

Despite the collapse this week of an African Union-sponsored peace plan, Nouredin Mezni, spokesman for the chairman of the African Union Commission, said he hoped a ceasefire could be established “hopefully within days or hours.”

“It is up to the people of Libya when we talk about political reform, we have to let Libyan people to choose their leader,” Mezni said.

Foreign ministers are meeting in Qatar for talks on Libya’s future, and are due to hear from representatives of the rebel national council based in eastern Libya. (Reporting by John Irish and Humeyra Pamuk; writing by Reed Stevenson)

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