France Urges Libya’s Rebels to Seek Peace

DM Confirms Officials Have Pressed Rebels on Talks

Though NATO officials have repeatedly spurned talks of a peace deal in the past, French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet confirmed that his government is growing impatient with the war and has asked the rebels to seek peace with the Gadhafi regime.

France’s government has long been among the most belligerent of NATO’s member nations during the Libyan Civil War, and recently mocked Italian calls for a humanitarian ceasefire as a “sign of weakness.” The comments suggest a major shift.

The Gadhafi government has repeatedly expressed openness at African Union offers to negotiate a ceasefire and transition deal. Others have suggested that a partition is more likely than a reconciliation between East and West.

The US State Department appears to disagree with the French position, however, insisting that Gadhafi “cannot remain in power” and that the US will continue its participation in the ongoing war.

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