Gaddafi ready to step down if Nato pledges safe exit?http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gaddafi-ready-to-step-down-if-Nato-pledges-safe-exit/articleshow/9118182.cms
MOSCOW: Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is ready leave power if Nato provides him security guarantees, a media report said on Tuesday. "We learnt that the Libyan leader has agreed to step down in exchange for the guaranties of his security.
Some members of Nato, France in particular may provide him such guarantees.
"To end the protracted conflict the French are not only ready to defreeze the bank accounts of the Colonel's family, but also save him from the Hague tribunal," influential Kommersant daily reported.
But the report was denied in Tripoli and Italy expressed scepticism. "Information about negotiations about Gaddafi stepping down or seeking a safe refuge inside or outside the country is simply untrue," Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said.
"Gaddafi is not negotiable, this is our position of principle, and the future of Libya will be decided by Libyans. Gaddafi is an historical symbol, and Libyans will die to defend him," said Ibrahim.
The Russian paper noted that the Libya conflict was one of the main topics of at Monday's talks between president Dmitry Medvedev and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma.
"We honestly admit that we have no common view with Nato on how resolution 1973 is being implemented, but I should say that we completely share the position on the undisputable peaceful settlement and transition to the political process," foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.