Qaddafi wants security guarantees if he leaves


Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi will have to receive security guarantees to relinquish his four decades of rule over the North African nation, said Mikhail Margelov, Russia’s envoy for negotiating Qaddafi’s departure.

“Qaddafi will be interested in getting guarantees about his personal security,” Margelov said in a phone interview from Harare today after holding talks with Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.

Qaddafi is willing to surrender power in exchange for security guarantees, Moscow-based Kommersant reported today, citing an unidentified high-level Russian official. President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday discussed an African Union plan to resolve the conflict in Libya with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Russia’s resort of Sochi.

“The meeting was very effective because Mr. Zuma set out his vision of how to achieve a political solution in Libya,” Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s ambassador to NATO and a participant in the talks, said by phone today from St. Petersburg.

NATO must end its campaign against Qaddafi’s forces to allow the political process to go forward, Rogozin said.

It is not surprising he would make that demand, but it will be more difficult to meet now than it would have been before he was indicted by the International Criminal Court. He also has to find a country to take him as well as getting countries to free up some of the money he stole as ruler. It is much more complicated now.


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