BBC News - Libya rebels welcome AU's 'Gaddafi-free' talks offer
Wow, best thing that has happened in a while. I believe this a step in the right direction.Libyan rebel leaders have welcomed an African Union offer to open talks with the government in Tripoli without the direct involvement of Muammar Gaddafi.
The offer of talks without Col Gaddafi's involvement followed intense debates between African leaders at the summit over two days.
The AU also called for an immediate ceasefire and the lifting of the UN no-fly zone which paved the way for Nato's military intervention.
It said both parties should formally request the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Libya to monitor the implementation of a cessation of hostilities.