Gadhafi Envoy Seeks ‘Solution’ to Ongoing War

Is Regime Resigned to Stalemate as Well?

Former Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi, who has been a foreign envoy for the Gadhafi regime over the past several weeks, was in Greece on Sunday discussing a possible “solution” to the ongoing war.

Obeidi had previously headed a delegation headed overseas to proclaim the regime’s willingness to hold discussions with the East Libyan rebels. Today it appears that the notion of a rapprochement was not so much on the agenda as a ceasefire.

Both sides have raised the prospect of ceasefires several times over the past week, but neither has accepted the other’s offer and both seem to be jockeying for position in what seems soon to be an international border between East Libya and Gadhafian Libya.

Indeed, while the fighting continues it doesn’t appear that either side is making much in the way of gains anymore, and the clashes are more out of habit than any serious hope of pushing the other side back. Today’s efforts may be just the latest indication that the regime is also becoming resigned to the impending stalemate.

Author: Jason Ditz

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