Rebel Chief: Gadhafi, Family Can Remain in Libya

The head of Libya’s opposition movement says leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family may stay in the country as long as they give up power and rebel leaders determine where and under what conditions they remain.

In an exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal Sunday, Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Gadhafi’s ability to stay in Libya “will have conditions.” He said opposition forces “will decide where he stays and who watches him,” and that the same restrictions will apply to his family.

Jalil’s comments appeared to soften his position, and echo recent statements by French, U.S. and Italian officials. The rebel leader made similar remarks earlier this month, but had to issue a quick denial after protests erupted in the opposition’s eastern stronghold, Benghazi.

Jalil spoke to the Journal Sunday during his first visit to the rebel-held western mountains region since he was chosen to lead the Transitional National Council in February.

In the interview, Jalil also said Qatar has sent military personnel to the western mountains to train rebel fighters and build an operational command center. The Journal quoted Qatari representatives accompanying Jalil (to the western city of Zintan) as saying the Gulf nation recently increased the quantity and improved the type of military aid it is sending to the rebels.

Earlier Sunday, Germany said it is offering loans of up to $144 million to the rebel council to help with humanitarian needs and rebuilding.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said his country is granting the loans because the Gadhafi’s frozen assets cannot be released to the opposition at this time. He said the loans will provide a way to help the rebel council build up “necessary structures” and overcome a shortage of supplies.

The offer follows a meeting this month in Turkey, where more than 30 nations announced their support for the council.

NATO carried out more airstrikes in Libya’s capital, Tripoli. Witnesses say there was at least one explosion near a residence of Gadhafi early Sunday. There were no reports of casualties.voa

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  1. Akash Asengupta

    How can a rebel leader who is a looser dictate terms of governance to Libyans and Gadhaffi?. Information from the ground in Libya is very clear. Here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: no conjecture, no myths and no propaganda. The fresh news, crystalline pure. No hype, no lies. Ladies and gentlemen, the corporate prepaid Western media have been lying about Libya. NATO’s remit is to protect civilians from being attacked by the Libyan Armed Forces. There is not yet a shred of evidence that such was happening, indeed the evidence is that the terrorists who NATO is supporting perpetrated massacres (Google up Libya rebels + massacre) and then blamed them on the Libyan Government. Google up Libya rebels + images. Are these unarmed civilians?. Has any journalist who wrote or stated that the Libyan government is attacking civilians actually bothered to speak to people inside Libya? Erm… Tell you what. Go to Facebook and ask America’s Cynthia McKinney, ex-candidate for the President of the USA, who has been there. And now today’s truth. Why is NATO bombing Libyan Army positions so that the terrorists (whose main organization is banned by the UK) can advance? Why is the USA aiding Al-Qaeda terrorists? Why is David Cameron spending MILLIONS per day on slaughtering children in hospitals (what, your press hasn’t said?) and then his government says he cannot afford treatment for breast cancer?. Isn’t it illegal to take sides in an internal conflict?. The NATO bombing campaign has united the people of Libya in a bond of seething hatred and mutual support. Colonel Gaddafi could have launched horrendous strikes against NATO countries, but he didn’t. He said “Let us give them a chance”. The Warfala tribe is moving to the Mountains in the West to dislodge terrorist elements there. Brega is firmly in the hands of Libyan Government forces despite western media lies it had fallen. The terrorists were routed, and many western mercenaries and soldiers were captured. They are being treated humanely, many are French and British. In al-Brega 400 terrorists were liquidated, 900 wounded. There proceeds a conflict in Benghazi among groups of terrorists from different factions and the civilian population in Benghazi that is starting to revolt against the terrorists, who are supported by NATO. It appears that Messrs. Cameron, Sarkozy and…what’s his name? The American chappie…have gotten way in over their heads for different reasons.

    How about NATO pulls out now? Claim the no fly zone was successfully implemented and allow the Libyans and African Union to sort it out for themselves. If not, ancient fault lines are going to be drawn up, tribal warfare will proceed (Gaddafi has stood against this), Al-Qaeda will take advantage of it and as Muammar Gaddafi said, NATO will create a Somalia at the gates of Europe. Maybe this would favour the USA in destabilising Africa, Europe and the Euro (after all the White House states clearly that NATO’s involvement saves the US taxpayer money and US families lives…yes they actually said that) but what about Europe?. And do Cameron and Sarkozy speak for Europe? No? Did the people of Europe vote for NATO? No? Therefore it is unconstitutional

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